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Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Cholesterol: High LDL cholesterol is associated with risk for vascular and heart disease.
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine 16 years experience
HDL, TG: HDL (good cholesterol) should be >60. Triglycerides (bad cholesterol) should be <100. Consuming high amounts of carbs lowers HDL and increases TG. Consuming healthy fat, protein, and vegetables increases HDL, decreases TG. If your HDL is quite high and TG low, then do not worry about just elevated total cholesterol.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How are cholesterol and total cholesterol values different?

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Dr. Diana Metzger
Cardiology 30 years experience
None: A cholesterol profile contains several measurements, and calculations. First measurement is total cholesterol, often shortened to just "cholesterol level" also measured are triglycerides and hdl. These 3 are then used to calculate the LDL (bad cholesterol). Additional fractionations of the lipids may be done, too.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Could there be a cholesterol value independent of total cholesterol?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
All are factored in: To total..Ldl, HDL & triglycerides.

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