Laboratory results are: total cholesterol 199 mg/dl HDL 54 mg/dl and LDL 126.7 mg/dl. I'm 26. Is this ok? If not, how bad is it?
Depends on Particles. Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL and HDL particles (ldl-p, hdl-p). Ldl can be estimated by cholesterol (ldl-c) or measured by particle number (ldl-p). Ldl-c and ldl-p do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When ldl-c and ldl-p values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) cvd risk tracks with LDL particle number, not ldl-c values.