Know Your Cholesterol Numbers

How is cholesterol tested?

  • Blood test.
  • Your doctor will order the test.

What will the test show?

  • Total amount of cholesterol in your blood
  • LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
  • HDL cholesterol  (good cholesterol).

Know your numbers

Total Cholesterol Level

Category

Less than 200 mg/dL

Desirable

200 – 237 mg/dL

Borderline high

240 mg/dL and higher

High

 

LDL Cholesterol Level

Category

Less than 100 mt/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 higher

Very high

 

HDL Cholesterol Level

Category

Less than 40 mg/dL

A major risk factor for heart disease

40 – 59 mg/dL

The higher, the better

60 mg/dL and higher

Considered protective against heart disease


What should I do if my LDL is high or my HDL is low?

  • Follow your doctor’s advice
  • See Tips for Healthy Cooking
  • See Tips for Healthy Eating

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Source:  https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health