Are My Cholesterol Levels Bad?


Asked by Mary

Are My Cholesterol Levels Bad?

My cholesterol levels are Total: 224, HDL: 74, TGL: 49, LDL: 140.2. Are my levels bad? If they're bad, what can I do to change them?


According to good advice from the American Heart Association, your total cholesterol should be under 200, to be safe. HDL cholesterol should be less than 60 total and less than 40 ideally. LDL cholesterol should be less than 130, and ideally less than 100. And total triglyceride levels should be less than 150.

So yes, it looks like some of your levels could be lower, and there are certainly lifestyle factors that you can change in order to bring down your cholesterol, but it's worth talking to your doctor about these test results as well.

In the meantime, here are some articles that may help you:

4 Steps to Lower LDL Cholesterol

Triglycerides: Why They Matter and How to Lower Them

Your Checklist to Lower Cholesterol

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN