Are my cholesterol levels normal?

Cholesterol: 172
Hdl: 51.
Ldl: 108.
triglycerides: 67.
Normal? Good? bad?


  • john e russo md facm faafp

    This is an excellent question as it asks what is ‘normal’. Laboratories are required by law to give a reference range for each test done. Reference ranges are a Gaussian or statistical rather than a health norm. The US has the highest total cholesterol levels in the world so a Gaussian norm would place the upper limit at 300 to 330 mg/dL. Obviously this is not a healthy number. I do not speak in terms of normal but rather of an individual’s goal. The goal is based upon a cardiovascular risk assessment. The National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel 3 guidelines are a bit out of date but these are the guidelines typically followed. According to this if you have no cardiovascular risk factors the goal for LDL cholesterol would be 160 mg/dL or less. For a person with hypertension the goal becomes 100 mg/dL. In the presence of diabetes or documented coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease the goal is 70 mg/dL or less. These guidelines do not take into account other factors such as the LDL to HDL ratio. Framingham data suggests a ratio of less than 3.5. There is also the ability to determine the density and particle count of LDL and HDL and there are other tests which help to define cardiovascular risk. There is no single recommendation which takes all of these factors into account. Assuming that you do not have hypertension diabetes or arterial disease then your numbers are excellent. I wish you the very best of health and may God bless.

  • Tamerlane

    within normal guidelines.

  • Cougar

    Very Good.

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