What are healthy cholesterol levels?

Veronica YooDisease Prevention and Management

Healthy cholesterol levels can vary depending on individual risk factors and health conditions. However, here are the general guidelines for healthy cholesterol levels:

  1. Total cholesterol: Below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or below 5.2 millimoles per liter (mmol/L).
  2. LDL cholesterol (often referred to as “bad” cholesterol): Below 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L) is considered optimal for most individuals. However, for those at high risk of heart disease, a target of below 70 mg/dL (1.8 mmol/L) may be recommended.
  3. HDL cholesterol (often referred to as “good” cholesterol): Above 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L) for men and above 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) for women is considered healthy. Higher levels are generally associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
  4. Triglycerides: Below 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L) is considered healthy.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and optimal cholesterol levels may vary based on individual circumstances, including existing health conditions and personal risk factors. It’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and interpretation of cholesterol levels based on your specific health profile.