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  • Blood cholesterol for adults is classified by levels. Your healthcare provider must interpret your cholesterol numbers based on other risk factors such as age, gender, family history, race, smoking, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.
    Researchers have established healthy ranges see lists below. If a fasting lipoprotein profile isn’t possible, the values for total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol are acceptable.

    Initial classification based on total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol

    Total Cholesterol Level Category
    Less than 200 mg/dL
    Desirable level that puts you at lower risk for coronary heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher raises your risk.

    200 to 239 mg/dL
    Borderline high
    240 mg/dL and above
    High blood cholesterol. A person with this level has more than twice the risk of coronary heart disease as someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.

    HDL Cholesterol Level
    Category
    Less than 40 mg/dL
    (for men)
    Less than 50 mg/dL
    (for women)
    Low HDL cholesterol. A major risk factor for heart disease.
    60 mg/dL and above
    High HDL cholesterol. An HDL of 60 mg/dL and above is considered protective against heart disease.

    If your cholesterol is high or you have other risk factors, your healthcare provider will likely want to monitor your cholesterol more closely. Follow your provider’s advice about how often to have your cholesterol tested. He or she will set appropriate management goals based on your LDL cholesterol level and other risk factors.

    LDL Cholesterol Level Category
    Less than 100 mg/dL
    Optimal
    100 to 129 mg/dL
    Near or above optimal
    130 to 159 mg/dL
    Borderline high
    160 to 189 mg/dL
    High
    190 mg/dL and above
    Very high

    Your LDL cholesterol goal depends on how many other risk factors you have.†

  • miss_sass_e_cat

    http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=183

    What did he say to you when he told you your levels? Did he suggest a change of eating habit or to increase your exercise? You want it to be 200 or less.
    When I got mine tested it was 205. At the time I was in school and was eating a lot of fast food. I cut the junk and now mine is right where it should be.

  • herbalshackltd

    Your cholesterol is not as bad as most people out there.But you need to take control of it now.A natural alternative is seal or deep sea oils.Along with a antioxidant Omega oils will keep your levels in check.Go see your local health food store and don’t let them rip you off as some places in big malls have high rent and raise there prices way to high.Good Luck.