Achieving Optimal Levels
Your doctor can determine all of these numbers by doing a blood test, which should be a routine part of your annual physical. For a general guide, check out these recommendations from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Heart Association.
Total cholesterol level-
Less than 200 is best
Between 200 to 239 is borderline high
240 or more means you're at an increased risk for heart disease
LDL bad cholesterol-
Less than 130 is best;
From 130 to 159 is borderline high.
160 or higher means you're at higher risk for heart disease.
HDL good cholesterol-
Less than 40 means you're at higher risk for heart disease
60 or higher reduces your risk of heart disease.
Less than 150 is considered normal;
150 to 199 is borderline high
200 to 499 is high
500 or over is very high
Edited by: DREAMWEAVER1637 at: 7/20/2009 (09:28)
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