I've seen some strong opinions here about cholesterol, but I got a little lost in the details. My conclusions have been that triglycerides and HDL are what matter most. But for curiosity's sake, can someone explain the LDL issue?
I just read Dr. Eades blogpost about how LDL isn't even measured have the time in labs, it's estimated with an equation. Unfortunately it confused me even more.
Here's my recent lab report:
Non-HDL Cholesterol: 112
What in the heck does that mean? Where are the additional 33 points coming from? Is that the infamous VLDL?
What's weird is that my total cholesterol has been 160 for nearly a decade -- but my HDL and LDL both are going down, and this "non-hdl" is going up. My triglycerides, horribly, are also going up: 165. When my HDL was in the 60s, my triglycerides were in the double-digits. So my HDL/Triglyceride ratio is now looking pretty sad.