• Your Cholesterol – How to Make Sense of it

    Who should monitor his/her cholesterol levels?

    A high fat meal is one of the reasons for high cholesterol levels

    A high fat meal is one of the reasons for high cholesterol levels

    • Have you been told you have high Cholesterol?
    • Does somebody else in your (blood) relations have high Cholesterol?
    • Does anybody in your immediate family have diabetes?
    • Has somebody in your family suffered a heart attack or stroke?

    These are a few of the reasons for you to check out your cholesterol levels – and not just Total Cholesterol, but the entire lipid profile.

    What is the Lipid Panel?

    A blood test to check cholesterol levels — called a lipid panel or lipid profile — typically reports:

    • Total cholesterol
    • LDL cholesterol
    • HDL cholesterol
    • Triglycerides — a type of fat in the blood

    For the most accurate measurements, don’t eat or drink anything (other than water) for nine to 12 hours before the blood sample is taken.

    Click Here to make sense of your lipid panel report

     

    Interpreting the numbers
    Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood in the United States and some other countries. Canada and most European countries measure cholesterol in millimoles (mmol) per liter (L) of blood.

    For the time being the form above only provides interpretation for lipid panel reports giving the results in mg/dL. I am working on it to provide the interpretation for reports in mmol/dL as well – this will be out in a few days, just keep a check on this page.

    Over the next few days, I will provide a few more guidelines on diet and medical treatments, as well as information on why keeping a close watch on your lipid panel report is important.

     

     

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