• Neil MD
    Health Pro
    December 22, 2008
    Neil MD
    Health Pro
    December 22, 2008

    Hello Marcella,


    I wish all of my patient had cholesterol levels like yours.  They are GREAT!


    The American Heart Association guidelines are a bit confusing, but optimal levels if you have no prior history of heart disease are as follows:


    Total cholesterol:  less than 200mg/dl

    Triglycerides: less than 150 mg/dl

    HDL (good) cholesterol: greater than 60 mg/dl

    LDL (bad): Less than 100 mg/dl


    Though your HDL cholesterol is a it lower than optimal, your very low LDL numbers likely "make up" for this fact in terms of heart disease risk. If you want to raise your HDL cholesterol, consider adding fatty fish like salmon and tuna that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.


    Be sure to discuss you numbers with your physician at your next visit.


    To your health,

    Neil MD


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