Ideal Cholesterol Reading

Ideal Cholesterol Reading for HDL

While you want your HDL level to be above 40 mg/dL, it doesn't stop there. For HDL levels, the higher the numbers, the better your cholesterol. In fact, HDL cholesterol readings over 60 mg/dL are thought to protect against heart disease.

Ideal Triglyceride Readings

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 in your body are found in the bloodstream.
Ideal readings for triglycerides are less than 150 mg/dL.

Understanding Cholesterol Readings at a Glance

The following table outlines healthy cholesterol levels for each type. Your ideal cholesterol reading will likely fall within the criteria listed.
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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