Cholesterol Levels : Good and BadA general idea about your cholesterol levels can be had if you know your total cholesterol and your HDL levels. If your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL* or more or if your HDL is less than 40 mg/dL, you will need to have a lipoprotein profile done.
|Total Cholesterol Level||Category|
|Less than 200 mg/dL||Desirable|
|200-239 mg/dL||Borderline High|
|240 mg/dL and above||High|
* Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood.
|LDL Cholesterol Level||LDL-Cholesterol Category|
|Less than 100 mg/dL||Optimal|
|100-129 mg/dL||Near optimal/above optimal|
|130-159 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|190 mg/dL and above||Very high|
HDL (good) cholesterol protects the heart from disease. The higher the number the better it is. Less than 40 mg/dL is considered low and a major risk for developing a heart disease. HDL levels of 60 mg/dL help you to lower the risk of a heart disease.
Heart disease can be raised with high triglyceride levels. Borderline high levels (150-199 mg/dL) or high (200 mg/dL or more) may be in need for treatment.