What is a Good Level of Cholesterol ?

AHA cholesterol levels

These are the guidelines for cholesterol levels presented by the American Heart Association. You can compare your cholesterol to these guidelines. When determining your risk for heart disease, in addition to your cholesterol levels, your doctor will take into consideration other risk factors, such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure. Discuss your cholesterol levels and other heart disease risk factors with your doctor to determine a treatment plan that is right for you.

American Heart Association Classification:

Total Cholesterol
Less than 200 Desirable
200-239 Borderline high
240 and above High
HDL Cholesterol
Less than 40 (men) Low
Less than 50 (women) Low
60 and above Optimal
LDL Cholesterol
Less than 100 Optimal
100-129 Near optimal/above optimal
130-159 Borderline high
160-189 High
190 and above Very high
Triglyceride level
Less than 150 Normal
150-199 Borderline high
200-499 High
500 and above Very high
Reference

  1. American Heart Association. Cholesterol Levels. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4500. Accessed August 5, 2009

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