Cholesterol Numbers

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Important Cholesterol numbers, LDL Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Cholesterol Risk Ratio and Serum Triglycerides levels.


Cholesterol Total
Description
mmol/l
(mg/dl)
Normal
< 5.1
< 200
Medium high
5.1 - 6.1
200-239
High
> 6.1
> 239


HDL Cholesterol (Desirable)
Description
mmol/l
(mg/dl)
Low (Bad)
< 1.0
< 40
High (Good)
> 1.5
> 60


LDL Cholesterol (Undesirable)
Description
mmol/l
(mg/dl)
Normal
< 2.6
< 100
Acceptable
2.6-3.3
100-129
Medium High
3.3-4.1
130-159
High
4.1-4.8
160-189
Very High
> 4.8
> 189


Serum Triglycerides
Description
mmol/l
(mg/dl)
Normal
1.7
< 150
Medium High
1.7-2.2
150-199
High
2.2-5.6
200-499
Very High
> 5.6
> 499


Cholesterol Risk Ratio:


Generally a Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio is used. It is much easier and also cheaper to obtain Total Cholesterol value than LDL cholesterol.

The following are the Cholesterol Risk Ratio values:

Normal Levels: < 3.5 (less than 3.5)
Average Levels: 4.5
High: > 5.0 (larger than 5.0)

These values are slightly lower for women.

A combination of high Triglyceride level (common fat in human body) with high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) ; or with low level of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) will contribute to increased build-up of fat in arteries.
This results in increased risk of stroke and heart attack.


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