Cholesterol: Know your numbers

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September is Cholesterol Education Month.  Teresa Pangan of Power Packed Eating explains good Cholesterol numbers and what you can do if your numbers are too high.

Cholesterol numbers for optimal health

Total Cholesterol level:                          Category:

Less than 200 mg/dL                               Desirable

200 – 239 mg/dL                                      Borderline high

240 mg/dL and above                              High

LDL (Bad) Cholesterol level:                   LDL Cholesterol category:

Less than 100 mg/dL                               Optimal

100 – 129 mg/dL                                      Near optimal / above optimal

130 – 159 mg/dL                                      Borderline high

160 – 189 mg/dL                                      High

190 mg/dL and above                               Very high

HDL (Good) Cholesterol level:                HDL Cholesterol category:

Less than 40 mg/dL                                  A major risk factor for heart disease

40 – 59 mg/dL                                          The higher, the better

60 mg/dL and higher                                 Considered protective against heart disease

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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