In this article, we will define and discuss how to calculate total cholesterol, lets define it. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods.
Working out a person’s cholesterol ratio is important because it can help a doctor determine a person’s risk of heart disease.
Additionally, too much cholesterol in your blood is bad for you. It can enter your artery wall, damage its integrity and lead to the formation of hardened deposits.
Some of the factors that affect your cholesterol level include:
- Age and sex
Formula to Calculate Total Cholesterol.
HDL cholesterol stands for high-density lipoprotein and is often called “good” cholesterol. Over 60 mg/dL is generally a desirable amount for your HDL levels.
While LDL cholesterol stands for low-density lipoprotein and is considered “bad” cholesterol. Under 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is what you should aim for.
Triglycerides are the way your body transports fat in the blood. A desirable number is below 150 mg/dL.
Suppose your HDL level is 70 mg/dL and your LDL level is 80 mg/dL, calculate your total cholesterol if your triglycerides are 100 mg/dL.
Therefore, your total cholesterol is 170 mg/dL.