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24> Cholesterol Levels: Then and Now


Attached is a summary of my Cholesterol Levels.  The earliest numbers are about 1 1/2 years before I reached my heaviest point – so they were probably – worse than those listed here.

Here is the link to my 6-16 Blood Work.

ETA:  The following information is based upon my 7/14 blood work.

The basic blood test for LDL Cholesterol relies on a calculation which may be less than valid for Low Carbers.  I will use my own numbers as an example.

My last test came back with LDL-C at 104 which is neat optimal.  But – the notation after it was “calc” – it was a calculated number – not a direct measurement. 

The formula is: LDL = Total Cholesterol – HDL – (triglycerides/5)

Plug my numbers in and you get: LDL-C of 104 = 233 – [119 + (51/5)]

But – this is circular reasoning since Total Cholesterol = HDL + LDL+ 20 percent of your triglyceride level.

OR – 233 = 119 + 104 + 10.

Now – go for the particle size of the LDL-C.  Absent more sophisticated measurements, the formula is: Triglycerides/HDL-C.  If the resultant number is above 3.5 – “Ya got trouble, Right here in River City!“  My particle size number is 51/119 = .43 – I would need a Triglyceride level above 300 to be worried.  These numbers make me feel good – but I do not know if they are even close to reliable.

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