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
Here is a post you may want to review:
Cholesterol - 4 Steps to Lower LDL Cholesterol
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps
Lisa, Thank you for your response. Does my high HDL compensate for the high LDL? This ratio runs in my family. I eat healthy - I have been tracking what I am eating. The worst thing I can think of is a steak once a week maybe. I eat fruit and vegtables for lunch and toast with peanut butter in the morning. Dinners typically consist of a meat, vegtables, and fruit. No fast food. I exercise a few times a week (swimming or biking). I am not sure what to cut out - or add.
Unfortunately no, it does not cancel out the elevated LDL. There are good and bad LDL particles and also good and bad HDL particles. The only way to know which you have is with a comprehensive lipid panel.