Originally posted by Average Joe: |
Here's my readings you requested: cholesterol 241, triglycerides 169, HDL 34 and LDL 173.
Your triglyceride/HDL ratio of 4.97 puts you right in the middle for risk of heart disease. A ratio of 5.0 is about average. You really are an average joe
The higher the ratio above 5.0 the higher the risk. The lower the ratio below 5.0 the lower the risk, with ratios below 2.0 having little to no risk. To improve your risk, it would be beneficial to lower your triglycerides and raise your HDL. As an example, if your triglycerides were 100 and your HDL was 50, then your ratio would be 2.0 and your risk for artery related diseases would be very low based on current research.
The best way to lower your triglycerides is to cut back on the carbohydrates - sugars and starches in particular. Even the fructose found in fruit has a fairly significant impact on triglycerides.
There are a couple of ways to increase your HDL, one being exercise and the other being increased protein and fat, mainly saturated and mono-unsaturated fat, but not highly polyunsaturated fats like those found in most commercial vegetable oils or the trans fats like those found in hydrogenated vegetable oils. You really need to limit those trans fats - they are bad news from a health standpoint.