My Cholesterol Test for Nightline vs One from 1998

The story on Nightline shows me getting my cholesterol tested.  The actual results are shown below.

As I explain in my book, neither total cholesterol nor LDL-C turn out not to be very reliable predictors of heart-attack risk in the great majority of people. More reliable biomarkers are a combination of HDL-C, triglycerides, LDL particle number and LDL size.

MY CHOLESTEROL TEST MARCH 1998
View the Canyon Ranch test laboratory report.

Total cholesterol      188 mg/dL
LDL-C                         104 mg/dL
HDL-C                          62 mg/dL
Triglycerides               134 mg/dL

This test was done when I was at Canyon Ranch, a health spa that emphasized a very low-fat diet. At that point, I had been eating a near-vegetarian diet and exercised (running, biking) for about an hour a day.
MY CHOLESTEROL TEST for Nightline, MAY 2014
View the 2014 Cholesterol Tests laboratory report.

Traditional biomarkers:
Total cholesterol          205 mg/dL
LDL-C                            110 mg/dL
HDL-C                            82 mg/dL
Triglycerides                  67 mg/dL

New (better) biomarkers:
LDL-P (particle number)        1179 umol/L
LDL size                                     21.6 nm (Large–Pattern A)
Small LDL-P                                99 umol/L
HDL-P                                        40.1 umol/L

All my current numbers look great. My diet is probably about 60% fat (plenty of it saturated), 25% protein and 15% carbohydrates, but that’s really just an estimate. On exercise: I haven’t had time for it over the past year since I’ve been working so hard on my book, but I am planning to get back into the habit.

Both sets of  results look OK, but my current ones look better. My HDL-C and triglycerides have clearly improved. For women, a high total cholesterol is associated with longer life (despite what you’ve heard…), so my level, around 200 mg/dL, seems just fine.

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