I Have Cholesterol Level Of 235 Which Is Bad, But My Triglycerides Are Good, What Does This Mean?

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I Have Cholesterol Level Of 235 Which Is Bad, But My Triglycerides Are Good, What Does This Mean?

I normally have good cholesterol levels, below 200, but I have been eating poorly lately and my cholesterol has gone to 235, but my Triglycerides are good according to my doctor report. What does this mean? I thought Triglycerides would be high if Cholesterol is high?

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Hi Reddragon0000,

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

There are three numbers that make up your total cholesterol - HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Triglycerides can be normal and total cholesterol elevated if HDL and/or LDL are high.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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