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What would be your cholesterol (LDL) level if you were not taking lipid-lowering medications?

Curious about your cholesterol level without statin therapy? Use the following calculator to estimate your LDL, if you were not taking medications.

LDL Cholesterol Adjustment Calculator

LDL-C Adjustment Calculator
Step 1: Is the LDL-C measurement in mmol/L or mg/dL ?



The estimated LDL-C without medication would be:




Cholesterol adjustment factors (specific for each medication and dose) can be used to estimate an adult patient's cholesterol concentration before being treated with lipid-lowering medication.

How to calculate:

Actual measurement


cholesterol adjustment factor for medication/dose

For example, if your LDL-C is 4 mmol/L and you are on Atorvastatin 40 mg, your adjusted LDL-C is 4 x 2 = 8 mmol/L. Here, 2 is the adjustment factor for Atorvastatin 40 mg.

The adjustment factors can vary significantly based on the specific medication used, the individual patient's metabolism and reaction to the drug, and other health and lifestyle factors. Furthermore, these adjustment factors and estimates can't provide an exact number for the pre-treatment cholesterol level - they can only give an approximation.

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