How to interpret a normal LDL/HDL ratio but high LDL and and low HDL levels

Hi! How can I interpret a normal LDL/HDL ratio but high LDL and and low HDL levels. Do I need medication? I am male and 48 y old. My recent tests indicated that the figures are as follow:

Cholesterol 234mg/dl

Triglycerides 160mg/dl

HDL Cholesterol36mg/dl

LDL Cholesterol166mg/dl

LDL/HDL Ratio4.6-

Chol./HDL 6.5-

Thank you in advance!

2 Replies

  • Your levels aren't good. Keep your carbohydrate intake between 10 and 14 portions per day (1 portion = 10g carbohydrate), ideally 3 meals x 4 carb portions. Follow this link

    Eat low GI carbs, reducing intake of fructose too which glycosylates haemoglobin seven times as much as glucose. Follow this link

    Make up the balance of your meals with natural, additive-free, unprocessed protein and fat foods such as meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, cheese, coconut oil, palm oil (not hydrogenated), olive oil, and butter.

  • Divide Total by HDL. says "Generally, this ratio should be below four" - so if you accept the Lipid Hypothesis, then action is required. I'd start with diet and exercise before resorting to medication... while I agree with Concerned that low GI carbs, reduced intake of fructose and increased natural, additive-free, unprocessed protein are good things, personally I'd go easy on the saturated fats like butter and most cheeses... and I thought there was a reason to avoid coconut but I forget what.

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