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Cholesterol reduction
Cholesterol reduction

LDL Cholesterol Levels

Here is a quick summary of what LDL cholesterol levels mean to you:

  • Desirable level is less than 130 mg/dL
  • Borderline-high risk level is from 130 to 158 mg/dL
  • High risk is 160 mg/dL and above.

The following guidelines apply to LDL levels for people who do not have heart disease.

LDL - less than 130 mg/dL:

It's a desirable LDL cholesterol level. It is better to have your total and HDL cholesterol levels tested again in 5 years. An eating plan has to be formulated , low in saturated fat and cholesterol to maintain a healthy weight and to be physically active, and refrain form smoking..

LDL level - 130 mg/dL or above:

Looking at the heart disease risk factors your doctor might decide the right way to lower your cholesterol level. The higher your level and the more risk factors you have, the more you need to follow a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. If your LDL is 160 mg/dL or greater and you have fewer than two other risk factors, your LD goal is a level below 160 mg/dL. If your LDL is 130 mg/dL or greater and you have two or more risk factors, your goal is to reduce your LDL level to below 130 mg/dL.

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