A Guide To
Normal Cholesterol Levels

Normal cholesterol levels are essential to your long term health. Understanding a normal cholesterol count and what good cholesterol levels are is the first step to reducing high cholesterol.

If you are like me you never considered normal cholesterol levels and what is considered good cholesterol numbers until you found out you had high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is required for our bodies to function properly. We can't eliminate it, but we can take action if our LDL and average cholesterol levels are too high. As is the case with many things in life, even "bad" cholesterol is only bad if we have too much of it.

Normal Cholesterol Readings-What Do The Numbers Mean?

Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter (1/10 of a liter) of blood.

For total cholesterol, lower levels lead to a lower incedent of heart disease. The normal cholesterol numbers for an adult is less than 200 mg/dl total cholesterol.

A reading from 200-239 mg/dL is considered to be borderline high. A total cholesterol over 240 mg/dL is high and should be brought down.

The risk of heart disease is double in an individual with cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dl than if the cholesterol is below 200 mg/dl.

LDL levels should be kept low. It is best for the results of a cholesterol test to show readings of LDL below 100 mg/dl. As high as 129 mg/dl is still considered acceptable.

LDL readings between 130 and 159 mg/dl is borderline high. Levels of 160 to 189 mg/dl are high. LDL cholesterol numbers above 190 mg/dl are very high.

Be sure to speak with your doctor about it if your LDL levels are above 129 mg/dl.

If your doctor has told you that you need to reduce your cholesterol, begin by considering some of our Tips For Lowering Cholesterol.

What About "Good" Cholesterol

HDL actually helps eliminate cholesterol from the body. Because of this, HDL cholesterol is of concern when levels are too low.

For men HDL levels should be about 40 mg/dL and 50 mg/dL for women. Numbers below this show an increased risk for coronary heart disease.

Cholesterol tests showing an HDL level above 60 mg/dl gives one even more protection in the fight against heart disease.

You may want to consider home cholesterol tests. They are not a replacement for laboratory tests, but will help you keep track of what is going on with your cholesterol levels.

Maintaining normal cholesterol levels is only one aspect of heart health. There are many other factors that come into play when considering one's risk for heart disease. Some of these factors are lifestyle, family history and weight management. Another type of fat called Triglycerides must also be considered.

Triglyceride Levels

Triglycerides are the most common fat in our bodies. A lipid test which measures cholesterol will also include a measurement of triglycerides.

High levels of triglycerides are another indicator of high risk for heart disease. Normal triglyceride levels are below 150 mg/dl, while levels of 150-199 mg/dl are considered borderline. The high range is 200-499 mg/dl. Anything above 500 mg/dl is very high.

Cholesterol supplements can help restore normal cholesterol levels without the side effects of medication. Learn about a supplement you can take that can lower cholesterol by as much as 14%.

If you have decided to improve your heart health, this site has the information you need.

You can begin by reading our sample diets for lowering cholesterol or learn about the best ways to lower cholesterol. Following the steps you find here will help you lower your cholesterol levels quickly.


More than Normal Cholesterol Levels on our What Is Cholesterol page