High Hdl And High Triglycerides. What's Wrong?


Asked by jeanine

High Hdl And High Triglycerides. What's Wrong?

My total cholesterol was 199. My HDL was 102. My LDL was 63. No, I am not getting my numbers swapped. My triglycerides are 168 and my glucose is 96. I am 32 years old, Asian female, 5'4" and 118 pounds. I workout 2-3 times a week and play soccer on the weekends. I also practice yoga about 4-5 times a week. Why are my cholesterol and my triglyceride levels so high and what can I do to lower them?


Hi Jeanine,

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

HDL is typically considered the "good" cholesterol and you want it to be high. However, I recommend discussing a comprehensive lipid panel with your physician that will look more in detail at your cholesterol particle sizes to determine if there is cause for concern. Also, here is a post I recommend you review for tips to lower your triglycerides:

Triglycerides: Why They Matter and How to Lower Them

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN