What is a good cholesterol ratio?

Posted by Dr. Robert Kelly


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Cholesterol is made up of triglycerides and lipoproteins. Lipoproteins come as high density and low density. High density (HDL) is good cholesterol and the higher the HDL is the better it is for an individual to protect against other cholesterol particles. Low density (LDL) is bad cholesterol and this fragment in particular is what carries risk for developing heart disease or having heart attacks and strokes.

Ideally we want low LDL and high HDL. We also want total cholesterol and triglyceride levels to be low.

Cholesterol testing

Cholesterol testing should be done annually. You should also consider checking body weight, diet, exercise , blood sugar, alcohol consumption, smoking, blood pressure. If you have any concerns go see your doctor.

Changing diet to lower fat intake, lower sugar, carbohydrate and salt intake; keep alcohol intake to less that 20 units per week; exercise at moderate pace (makes you slightly breathless) for 30-40 minutes 5 days per week; don’t smoke; sleep 7-8 hours nightly; keep your weight down and look after your health.

These balanced measures with everything in moderation is key to healthier life. If you ignore these factors you are more likely to develop heart disease, strokes and heart attacks.