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Posted by Shannon on August 02, 2000 at 17:12:27:

In Reply to: Re: High Cholesteral LDL posted by Alan on August 02, 2000 at 10:24:01:

: The HDL/Total Cholesterol ratio was the benchmark in the past. Now I've been reading that HDL/Triglycerides is a better predictor of heart disease, since diet changes have little effect on total cholesterol numbers (80+% of the cholesterol in your bloodstream is produced by your liver). If you reduce the protein and saturated fat in your diet, the HDL will most likely go down. Not what you want. Get a good low carb diet book such as Dr. Atkins or Protein Power and follow it. Lose that extra 40 lbs.(or more) on a low carb diet and I bet that your blood lipid numbers will improve ( increased HDL, decreased LDL, and decreased Triglycerides). Alan

> Hi Alan, thanks for the info. I have never heard of this new way, even my blood test results only show the Chol/HDL ratio. So what are the ratio guidelines for the HDL/Trig ratio ? ( i.e. Low - Mod - High). For example my HDL/Trig ratio is 0.5 (48/98), what does this mean? My Chol/HDL ratio is 4.5, which is at a moderate level (using the old way).

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