Healthy Cholesterol Levels

HDL Cholesterol

The healthy level for HDL is above 40 mg/dL. For HDL levels, the higher the numbers, the better your cholesterol. In fact, HDL levels above 60 mg/dL are thought to protect against heart disease.


Triglycerides are not actually cholesterol, but a form of fat carried through the bloodstream. Most of your body's fat is in the form of triglycerides stored in fat tissue. Only a small portion of your triglycerides is found in the bloodstream.
Healthy levels for triglycerides are less than 150 mg/dL.

Healthy Levels of Cholesterol at a Glance

The following table outlines cholesterol levels that are healthy.
Cholesterol Type
Healthy Level
Total Cholesterol
Less than 200 mg/dL
Less than 100 mg/dL, but will depend on the number of risk factors
Greater than 40 mg/dL, but the higher the better
Less than 150 mg/dL
(Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams [mg] of cholesterol per deciliter [dL] of blood.)
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