Hello~Total cholesterol is the number after the lab calculates your HDL, LDL, and cholesterol. It is a component of the lipid panel. Actually, the numbers you really want to watch are the LDL, and HDL; also, play close attention to the Triglycerides, all these numbers are actually more important than the cholesterol itself. Cholesterol, in itself, is NOT dangerous, it is when you have high CRP levels, which is inflammation, that is can become dangerous, otherwise, I really do not worry too much about those numbers.
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