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cholesterol and triglyceride levels:

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood

Total Blood Cholesterol:
Below 200 mg/dL: desirable
200-239 mg/dL: borderline high
240 mg/dL and over: high

LDL (bad cholesterol):
Below 100 mg/dL: optimal and desirable
100-129 mg/dL: near optimal
130-159 mg/dL: borderline high
160-189 mg/dL: high
190 mg/dL and over: very high

HDL (good cholesterol):
Below 40 mg/dL for men: low
Below 50 mg/dL for women: low
40-59 mg/dL for men: near desirable
50-59 mg/dL for women: near desirable
60 mg/dL and above: high and desirable

Triglyceride (TG) (fat in the blood):
Below 150 mg/dL: desirable
150-199 mg/dL: borderline high
200-499 mg/dL: high
500 mg/dL and above: very high





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