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Cholesterol levels

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Alice75 Tue 07-Nov-23 11:54:46

Feeling a bit upset today, as I have two family members quite unwell, one in hospital from this morning. I have just had a routine medications review at my GP surgery and wasn’t really concentrating well. I had thought the practice nurse said my cholesterol level was high, but looking online that doesn’t seem to be so. My non HDL was 1.8, the other one 3.2. I’m 76.

annsixty Tue 07-Nov-23 12:15:52

I remember when we first became aware of cholesterol levels and Drs starting including testing I was told 5/6 was ok.
Now anything over about 2 is frowned on.
Also the good cholesterol over the bad seems to be being ignored.

Sparklefizz Tue 07-Nov-23 12:39:55

I was told that as long as the ratio between good and bad cholesterol is ok, then that's fine.

LucyAnna Tue 07-Nov-23 12:41:41


I was told that as long as the ratio between good and bad cholesterol is ok, then that's fine.

How do you mean, Sparklefizz? What is the ratio? Bit dim, sorry.

Whiff Tue 07-Nov-23 15:45:41

I was always told by my GP cholesterol should be 5 or below in total . That's the bad and good added together. As yours adds up 5 Alice then it's fine. Try not to worry.

NannyJan53 Tue 07-Nov-23 15:48:17

I too was told anything over 5 is bad. Mine was 7.4, so now on statins, and it is now down below 5. I am not overweight (9st 4) and 5ft 5.

crazyH Tue 07-Nov-23 15:55:07

They started me on statins, legs started swelling. So took me off. No problems. Cholesterol is probably still about 7. But, I have survived all these years.

Fleur20 Tue 07-Nov-23 15:58:05

I am mid 60's.. never had cholesterol checked!

Juliet27 Tue 07-Nov-23 16:01:12

To calculate your cholesterol ratio, divide your total cholesterol number by your HDL cholesterol number. So if your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L) and your HDL is 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L), your ratio would be 4-to-1.

Juliet27 Tue 07-Nov-23 16:02:53

Yours sounds really good in that case Alice

Juliet27 Tue 07-Nov-23 16:05:09

I usually ask and am given a copy of my results when I have a blood test.

maddyone Tue 07-Nov-23 16:13:01

My cholesterol level was over 7 and so I started a statin. Only take it every other day as it made me tired, would probably be okay every day now as I’ve probably adjusted to it. Anyway my cholesterol is now below 5, about 4.50 and GP seems happy. I think that’s total cholesterol though as they don’t seem to split the numbers any longer.

Alice75 Tue 07-Nov-23 16:27:47

Thanks for all the info - sorry, I was feeling a bit weepy earlier

Joseann Tue 07-Nov-23 16:29:53

I read yesterday that new findings suggest that you are most at risk of heart disease if you had raised cholesterol levels in your 30s and 40s. People in their 60s and 70s have naturally higher levels, so yours sounds ok Aice75 though I'm not a doctor.

Blossoming Tue 07-Nov-23 16:50:32

This thread has prompted me to look at my latest test results, which are available to me on the MyGP app.

Total Cholesterol is 3.92
HDL is 1.22
NonHDL is 2.7
TC:HDL is 3.2

All of which is absolutely fine according to the guidelines.

silverlining48 Tue 07-Nov-23 16:51:19

Not a doctor but your cholesterol level seems good to me Alice. Hope you feel better now and your family recover soon.

Blossoming Tue 07-Nov-23 16:54:21

Your levels look absolutely fine too Alice. I hope you’re feeling better today x

Claralou Tue 07-Nov-23 16:58:27

I started statins 3 month ago due to a high score , has anyone else who takes statins noticed any dizzyness/ lightheadedness since starting them, it may just be a coincidence

Nannarose Tue 07-Nov-23 17:15:40

You do have good advice here, but I would ring and ask to speak to the practice nurse. You may have to mske n appointment, or you my be able to leave a message.
Explain that you were anxious / upset about relatives and would like to go over the figures again. They will be used to this, and there is no hurry!

Sparklefizz Wed 08-Nov-23 08:07:18



I was told that as long as the ratio between good and bad cholesterol is ok, then that's fine.

How do you mean, Sparklefizz? What is the ratio? Bit dim, sorry.

LucyAnna I didn't have to work out my ratio as it was printed below my results on the print-out I asked for. My GP said that the ratio needs to be below 5.

Grandmama Wed 15-Nov-23 14:12:01

I'm 75, fit, healthy, not overweight but a recent blood test showed high cholesterol - and high BP. I bought a home monitor and BP was very high when I started testing (white coat syndrome at home!) but although above normal levels it's come down. I've been referred to the Lipid clinic because my high cholesterol might be a hereditary gene, looking at the sudden deaths on one side of the family. Several years ago my cholesterol was high, how I wished the GP had investigated it then.