Here are the recommendations of the American Heart Association:
Total cholesterol less than 200
HDL cholesterol at least > 40, ideally > 60
LDL cholesterol at least less than 130, ideally less than 100
Triglycerides less than 150
The best way to tell if your HDL and LDL levels are compromising your health is to get an expanded lipid profile. This would show you the particle size of your LDL and HDL molecules and provide a clear picture of your heart health and risk. Your physician could help you assess your risk factors for heart disease and if it'd be beneficial to obtain this lab work. If nothing else it'd put your mind at ease or show you where to take action!
Dr. Shelby-Lane discussed expanded lipid profiles in the following post:
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
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