My Total Cholesterol Is 230. Hdl Is 80 And Ldl 130. My Doctor Isn't Concerned, Should I Be?

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Asked by Debbie

My Total Cholesterol Is 230. Hdl Is 80 And Ldl 130. My Doctor Isn't Concerned, Should I Be?

Answer

Hi Debbie,

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

The best way to tell if your HDL and LDL levels are compromising your health is to get an expanded lipid profile. This would show you the particle size of your LDL and HDL molecules and provide a clear picture of your heart health and risk. Your physician could help you assess your risk factors for heart disease and if it'd be beneficial to obtain this lab work. If nothing else it'd put your mind at ease or show you where to take action!

Dr. Shelby-Lane discussed expanded lipid profiles in the following post:

Can My HDL Be Too High?

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD
How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN