Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol Levels : Good and Bad

A 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
160-189 mg/dL 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.

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