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Forums: January 2012 Kickstart Forum: Low HDL
Created on: 02/10/12 07:52 PM Views: 828 Replies: 3
Low HDL
Posted Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Had my lipid panel done this week and everything is heading in the right direction! But my HDL is less than 40, compared to the 50s - 70s it's been in the past. Is this anything to be concerned about?

RE: Low HDL
Posted Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 1:53 AM

I've posted some responses to this issue before. I'll repost one of those responses:

Dr. Ornish said you don't need as many garbage trucks (HDL) if you don't have as much garbage (LDL). I think it's worth considering the ratio rather than hoping for higher HDLs, especially if your LDL is low.

A good ratio would be less than 4:1, total cholesterol to HDL. So if my total is 150 and my HDL is 40, that's really good as it equals 3.75:1, although there would be a warning on that reading that my HDL is low.

Most research will be more concerned with my total anway. In the Framingham Study, the study to pick up on the connection between cholesterol and heart disease AND is ongoing after decades, people who kept their total below 150 were "heart attack proof."

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Low HDL
Posted Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Thanks! So I should be really happy that my ratio is 3.02:1?

RE: Low HDL
Posted Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

You should be quite pleased!

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education


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