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Q: blood pressure 130/80 good, bad or can do better

What is considered a good cholesterol level

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12/17/08 1:14pm

Hi Phyllis Jay,


Ideally, blood pressure should be less than 120/80. So, you have room for improvement, but you're not doing terrible either. You can learn more about treatment options and lifestyle changes on the high blood pressure site.


As far as cholesterol, total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dl, LDL cholesterol less than 130 mg/dl, triglycerides less than 150 mg/dl, and HDL cholesterol greater than 40 mg/dl (ideally greater than 60 mg/dl).


Check out this article to better understand cholesterol lab results: Making Sense of Cholesterol Ratios, Lipid Profiles and Your Heart Disease Risk Scores


All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
8 Essential Steps to Lower Cholesterol Naturally


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By Phyllis Jay, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/29/10, First Published: 12/16/08