LDL, HDL & What All Those Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean
© 2005, Frank Mangano
Everyone it seems is talking about lowering their cholesterol, but just what is a good cholesterol level? To understand what it means to have your cholesterol under control, you need to know about the two types of cholesterol and what the numbers mean.
Cholesterol is basically a lipoprotein. There are Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) in the blood. The objective in “lowering cholesterol” is to lower the LDL cholesterol which can clog arteries, and raise the HDL cholesterol which actually helps process LDL and cleanse the arteries.
A numeric reading is used to determine a good level for each type of cholesterol. A small sample of blood must be drawn to get the separate numeric values of LDL and HDL. There is also a number for overall cholesterol that comes from a simple finger prick blood test. The three numbers together give the entire cholesterol picture.
Cholesterol numbers are reported in terms of milligrams per deciliter of blood. Therefore, the overall cholesterol reading may look something like 200 mg/dL, meaning there are 200 milligrams of cholesterol in a deciliter of your blood. A similar number is given for LDL and HDL readings. Overall cholesterol should always be below 200 mg/dL
The ideal levels for LDL readings are anything below 100 mg/dL. An acceptable reading is still in the range of 100 to 129 mg/dL. Bordering on “high” cholesterol is an LDL reading of 130 to 159 mg/dL. If you are above 160 mg/dL you have high cholesterol and must lower it or face the potentially serious health consequences. HDL cholesterol levels are good for any reading above 40 mg/dL.
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