How To Calculate LDL Cholesterol

LDL or Low Density Lipoproteins are the "bad cholesterols" of the body. When you excessively eat animal fats and dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter, the LDL in your blood can reach a very high level. A high level of LDL in the body can also be caused by excessively eating food products that have trans fats and saturated fats. If you have a high amount of LDL in your body, you might be at risk for hypertension. You might also be at risk for heart failure and a stroke if your LDL is too high.

You can calculate the LDL in Cholesterol easily if your triglyceride levels are below 400 mg/dl. Triglyceride levels can be determined by taking a blood test from the hospital or a medical specialist. You can ask them to calculate the LDL for you, but below are the steps needed to calculate your LDL if you want to do it yourself.

  • Prepare for the blood test. To find out what your triglyceride levels are and ultimately find out what your LDL is, you need to take a blood test. Taking an accurate lipid profile, which is the blood test to check the amount of cholesterol in your body, will require that you do not eat 12 hours before the test. You can still drink water, but absolutely no food.
  • Know the numbers. If you have the lipid profile results, there are numbers there that indicate how many of which in mg/dl. The number you need for calculating are your HDL (high-density lipoproteins or good proteins) level, total cholesterol and triglycerides, measured in mg/dl. If it is higher than 400 mg/dl, your doctor or medical specialist might advise you to take further tests to determine what else might be wrong. Triglyceride above the amount of 400 mg/dl is bad. If it is below 400 mg/dl, proceed to the next step.
  • Do the first calculation. Divide the number of your triglycerides by 5. The number of your triglycerides will appear in mg/dl. You can find this in your lipid profile result.
  • Do the second calculation. Add the result from dividing your triglycerides by 5 to your HDL. HDL is High Density Lipoproteins, also measured in mg/dl. Keep the result in mind.
  • Do the third and last calculation. Subtract the result from adding your triglycerides by 5 and adding it to your HDL from your total cholesterol. After you have done this, you now have the number or level of LDL or Low Density Lipoprotein in your body.

LDL or Low Density Lipoproteins in your blood stream can cause the blockages in your arteries that usually cause hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Calculating your Low Density Lipoproteins by following the steps above will give you a good idea of what you should and should not eat from then on. You can keep your Low Density Lipoproteins within a safe range or below 400 mg/dl is very important when it comes to making sure you are healthy. Eat healthy and exercise at least three to 4 times a week to make sure that your Low Density Lipoproteins are low and you might be able to look forward to a long, happy life.


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