I have a question on cholesterol. I just got my cholesterol levels checked, and my LDL (bad cholesterol) is 96, while my HDL (good cholesterol) is 82. The doctor said that LDL under 100 is excellent and HDL over 40 is excellent, so by both measures, mine is excellent. However, my total cholesterol is apparently 203.
(A.) How do they get to 203 if 96+82 = 178, and (B.) since they claim that total cholesterol should be under 200, is mine somehow bad (since it’s 203), even though my LDL and HDL are, separately, great? I’m confused as to whether or not I should be happy with these numbers. Thanks for any input.