View Full Version : Cholestoral Confusion UK

09-27-2014, 04:35 AM
I had high cholesterol last year. It was 5.5 (total cholesterol in UK measurement) . Went back a few months later and it was 4. So all good.

Had it tested today and it is 2.6... is that ok? Seems like a big drop!

I have been much more healthy eating, not drinking as much and swimming loads. In fact I have lost 2 stone.

Am I worrying unneseccerily? 2.6 just seems low?

When I had test it was in morning and I had not eaten since 6pm night before and had nothing for breakfast.

My HDL is 1.3 so that's good.

09-30-2014, 12:11 PM
Hi Jay85

In the first place, 5.5mmol/L (212.7mg/dl) is only slightly over the recommended 'high cholesterol' level.
However, 2.6mmol/L (100.5mg/dl) is quite low.
I don't want to alarm you, but too low a TC level is worse than having a raised level.
The body as a whole needs cholesterol. The brain definitely needs cholesterol to function correctly.

To help you further, could you provide us with your latest LDL and Triglyceride levels.
HDL of 1.3mmol/L is OK...on it's own. However, if your LDL and/or Trigs are too high, the HDL reading on it's own (as does the TC) means very little.