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 know if your cholesterol levels are "healthy" is to have a comprehensive lipid panel completed to look at the particle sizes. There are "good" and "bad" forms of LDL cholesterol and there are "good" and "bad" forms of HDL cholesterol the only way to know if you slightly elevated LDL is a concern is to know more about your particle sizes.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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