Asked by Susana Ego
279 Cholesterol Is Veeery Bad?
I'm afraid because of my
279 total cholesterol,
45 mg/dl HDL cholesterol
are my levels too high? what can I do?
Hi Susana Ego,
Yes, your cholesterol levels are not ideal.
The American Heart Association recommends:
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
So, what can you do? Well, HDL and triglycerides, for the most part, go hand-in-hand. When HDL is low triglycerides are high and vice versa. I recommend you read the following two articles:
Triglycerides: Why they matter and how to lower them
Tips on How to Raise Your HDL
To lower LDL levels you need to cut back on saturated and trans fats and replace these fats with healthier unsaturated fats. Use this link to learn more about trans fats and saturated fats.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson, RD
Lower Cholesterol Naturally