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High Cholesterol Message Board

High Cholesterol Board Index


Here's what the doctor is looking for:
[quote]What to do with cholesterol test results

Treatment for high cholesterol should not be based on a single LDL cholesterol measurement. Two LDL measurements within a 1- to 8-week period are recommended. If they differ by more than 30 mg/dL, a third measurement is recommended. Treatment is based on the average of the 2 or 3 measurements.

Two or three measurements of HDL cholesterol are recommended to obtain accurate results.1 A separate test is not required for HDL cholesterol. It can be measured at the same time as LDL with a blood test.

[B]LDL cholesterol[/B]

LDL cholesterol below 100 mg/dL is optimal.

LDL cholesterol of 100 mg/dL to 129 mg/dL is near optimal/above optimal.

LDL cholesterol of 130 mg/dL to 159 mg/dL is borderline high.

LDL cholesterol of 160 to 189 mg/dL is high.

LDL cholesterol of 190 mg/dL and above is very high.

[B]Total cholesterol[/B]

A total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.

A total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL to 239 mg/dL is borderline high.

A total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL and above is high.

[B]HDL cholesterol[/B]

HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL is low.

HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL and above is high. HDL levels of 60 and above can help lower your risk for heart disease.


Triglycerides that are 150 mg/dL to 199 mg/dL are borderline high.

Triglycerides that are 200 mg/dL or more are high.

I hope that helped!

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