In a study of apparently healthy males, we noted a correlation between serum albumin and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) (r = 0.32, p less than 0.001). We then correlated the total cholesterol:albumin ratio (TC:Alb) with the TC:HDL-C ratio (r = 0.89, p less than 0.001). We used the TC:Alb ratio to determine whether this was better than TC by itself in predicting whether an individual had a TC:HDL-C ratio of less than or greater than or equal to 5. The ratio performed better than TC and correctly classified 89% of individuals (66% with TC) (p less than 0.001). Since measurements of TC and Alb are routinely available on multichannel analysers, use of this ratio would provide a less expensive alternative to HDL-C measurement.
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