• Nikki Nikki
    April 24, 2009
    LDL and HDL same number
    Nikki Nikki
    April 24, 2009

    My HDL is 71 and LDL is 70. I am concerned that these cholesterol levels are the same. My triglycerides are 41 and total number 149.  Five years ago my total number was higher, 167, but my HDL was 94, LDL was 54 and triglycerides were 95. Though these numbers are higher, were they healthier?



  • Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
    Health Pro
    April 24, 2009
    Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
    Health Pro
    April 24, 2009

    Hi Nikki,


    Either way, your levels are good.  Yes, the higher HDL is typically better; however, you're still doing well.  I would encourage you to look at what might have changed in the past 5 years, so you can determine the reason for you 23 point drop to prevent/stop a continued decline.  Also, there can be side effects from a total cholesterol level dropping too low (<160 mg).  Consult your physician to determine if this is a concern for you.


    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

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