• Your Total Blood (or Serum) Cholesterol Level

    Less than 200 mg/dL: Desirable
    If your LDL, HDL and triglyceride levels are also at desirable levels and you

    200–239 mg/dL: Borderline-High Risk
    If your total cholesterol falls between 200 and 239 mg/dL, your doctor will evaluate your levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides. It’s possible to have borderline-high total cholesterol numbers with normal levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol balanced by high HDL (good) cholesterol.

    240 mg/dL and over: High Risk
    People who have a total cholesterol level of 240 mg/dL or more typically have twice the risk of coronary heart disease as people whose cholesterol level is desirable (200 mg/dL)

    Your HDL (Good) Cholesterol Level

    With HDL (good) cholesterol, higher levels are better. Low HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL for men, less than 50 mg/dL for women) puts you at higher risk for heart disease. In the average man, HDL cholesterol levels range from 40 to 50 mg/dL. In the average woman, they range from 50 to 60 mg/dL. An HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL or higher gives some protection against heart disease.

    Your LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Level

    The lower your LDL cholesterol, the lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, it’s a better gauge of risk than total blood cholesterol. In general, LDL levels fall into these categories:

    LDL Cholesterol Levels

    Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal

    100 to 129 mg/dL Near Optimal/ Above Optimal

    130 to 159 mg/dL Borderline High

    160 to 189 mg/dL High

    190 mg/dL and above Very High

    Your Triglyceride Level

    Triglyceride is a form of fat. People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol level, including high LDL (bad) cholesterol and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels. A triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL or higher is one of the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart disease and other disorders, including diabetes.

    One causative factor that stands out continuously above and beyond all others is fat in the diet. And it is this factor that we can control. These fats from our foods enter our blood stream where, like sharks cruising about, they seek out the weak or vulnerable spots in the arteries. It was seen that inevitably the special fat-fighting cells are themselves engulfed by the repeated tidal waves of cholesterol and fats washed into the blood and artery walls by fat-containing foods such as butter, eggs, cream, milk, meat fats, and other animal fats in our diet.

  • essentiallysolo

    a good total cholesterol is <200
    HDL should be higher than LDL

    getting a total cholesterol is a matter of ratios between many blood factors and would take a text book to explain here.

  • Total cholesterol is under 200. The other numbers (HDL and LDL) are listed in smaller number which is a percentage of your total cholesterol. You can go to WebMd and read up on these numbers for more information.

  • When you have a cholesterol blood test done, there are usually 4 numbers reported:
    –Total cholesterol – this should be less than 200 – it combines LDL+HDL+VLDL+other fats in the blood
    –LDL – low density lipoprotein – bad cholesterol – this should be less than 130 for most people, but people with diabetes or heart disease should look for closer to 70
    –HDL – high density lipoprotein – good cholesterol – this should be greater than 40 – higher the better!
    –Triglycerides – these should be less than 200 – these are the free fats in the blood

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