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What are normal cholesterol levels?

Blood tests are required to measure total cholesterol and lipoproteins. For a complete lipoprotein analysis, the patient should be fasting for at least 12 hours.

The National Cholesterol Education Program endorsed by the American Heart Association suggests the following risk guidelines:

Cholesterol Risk Guidelines
Total Cholesterol (mg/dL)
< 200 Desireable
200 to 239 Borderline high
> 240 High
HDL (mg/dL)
< 40 Low
> 60 High
LDL (mg/dL)
< 100 Optimal
100 to 129 Near Optimal
130 to 159 Borderline high
160 to 189 Near high
> 190 High

The goal is to have patients modify lifestyle and diet to maintain cholesterol levels within the normal range. It is important to remember that HDL may protect a patient from heart disease and it may be a treatment goal to raise a too low level of HDL.

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Comment from: liz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

My cholesterol number is 251.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

My total cholesterol is 219 LDL is 121, HDL is 81 and triglycerides 83.

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