Your cholesterol ratio is calculated by dividing your (TC) total cholesterol by your high-density lino protein HDL number. If your total cholesterol is 180 and your HDL is 82, your cholesterol ratio is 2.2
Your cholesterol ratio clarifies the picture of your risk of heart disease. But the ratio alone isn’t enough to assess what treatment will be best if your risk is high. Your doctor will take your total cholesterol into account when determining the correct mix of diet, exercise, and medication to bring your numbers into the desirable range.
You skip breakfast, have a blood test, and get your cholesterol results a few days later. You’re probably familiar with your total cholesterol. That’s the number you want to keep below 200. You calculate total cholesterol by adding up the following numbers:
- high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol
- low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol
- 20 percent of your triglycerides, a type of fat carried in your blood
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), you should aim to keep your ratio below 5, with the ideal cholesterol ratio being 3.5. two people with the same total cholesterol number can have different cholesterol ratios. The ratios indicate different levels of heart disease risk.