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