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Cholesterol Range Chart
Normal Cholesterol Levels Table
by Vaughn Aubuchon

What are your cholesterol numbers?
What are normal cholesterol levels?
What is normal cholesterol range?
What is high cholesterol? This page
answers these questions.




Have you had your cholesterol count checked lately?
Here is a table showing my cholesterol test numbers from Long's Drugs (now CVS Pharmacy), at 2-year intervals, in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. By testing your cholesterol levels more than once, you can see your trend over time.

60

30

80

120

140 - 450

If you are using a desktop or tablet
computer, click on the GIF below to see
a large format Cholesterol Range Chart.

Cholesterol Range Chart - Large Format
 

Cholesterol Levels
Range Chart

Cholesterol Numbers Range Chart

.
Triglyceride Numbers
Range Chart

Triclyceride Numbers Range Chart

1. The cholesterol classification numbers shown above are established by the American Heart Association.
2. The scales are linear.
3. The vertical alignment of the scales is arbitrary, and was done to align the white borderline areas, in order to facilitate comparisons.
4. The LDL levels shown with an asterisk are recommended for certain high-risk subjects.
5. As you can see, my cholesterol levels remained fairly stable over a 7-year period.

Do you need to lower your high cholesterol numbers? You may need to take statin drugs.


Cholesterol Numbers Table
Cholesterol Testing Guidelines

Total Cholesterol Test -
$12 at Longs Drugs
(CVS does NOT offer testing.)
Testing now available at Whole Foods for $18.
Fasting for 12 hours is required.

1. Total Cholesterol

-

Normal
Borderline
Too
High
Very
High
Notes

-

<200
200-239
240
 280

milligrams per deciliter
Reduce saturated fat
240 = twice risk than at 200.

-

 2. HDL

Very
Low
Too Low
 Borderline
Normal

-

<35
36 - 39
40 - 59
>60

(normal risk)

Good Cholesterol -
Higher is better
Can't be too High

-

<35
35 - 45
>45

(high risk)





Total Lipids Test -
$32 at Longs Drugs
(CVS does NOT offer testing.)
Testing now available at Whole Foods for $38.
Fasting for 12 hours is required.

1. Total Cholesterol

-

Normal
Borderline
Too
High
Very
High
Notes

-

<200
200-239
240
 280

milligrams per deciliter
Reduce saturated fat
240 = twice risk than at 200.

-

2. HDL

Very
Low
Too Low
 Borderline
Normal

-

<35
36 - 39
40 - 59
>60

(normal risk)

Good Cholesterol -
Higher is better
Can't be too High

<35
35 - 45
>45

(high risk)

-

3. LDL

-

Normal
Borderline
Too
High
Very
High

70 - 100
100 - 129
130-159
160 - 189
190 - Up

Bad Cholesterol -
Lower is better.
Can't be too Low

-

4. Cholesterol Ratio

-

Normal
Borderline
Too
High
 Very
High

3 to 1
4 to 1
5 to 1
6 to 1
7 to 1

Total Cholesterol / HDL



Triglyceride Test -
$10 at Longs Drugs -
  

(CVS does NOT offer testing.)
Triglyceride testing now included
with the Total Lipids Test,
available at Whole Foods for $38.)
Fasting for 12 hours is required.

5. Triglycerides  

-

Normal
Borderline
Too
High
Very
High
Notes

-

<150
150-199
200-499
500-Up

Must fast 12 hours
before testing -
drink only water.

(low risk)

<200
200-400
400-Up

-

Green background = Good
Violet background = Bad

60

60

60

60

60

150 - 450

The tests above were made at Longs Drug Stores (now CVS Pharmacy) by Heart Watch, specialists in Corporate and Public Health Screenings.
Visit their website at
WestCoastHealthServices.com,
to find the next testing date in a California city near you.
CVS Pharmacy bought Long's Drugs, but they do NOT offer the testing.
This same testing is now offered at many Whole Foods locations.

You should have your cholesterol numbers tested periodically.
If the LDL test numbers are too high, take action.
Test again after a few months.

You can reduce your high cholesterol naturally,
but it takes DILIGENCE!
You just have to try hard.



Blood Fats Control
What I Do To Lower
My Cholesterol Levels

My Daily Regimen
Fish Oil - 3 capsules
Flax seed oil - 1 tbl
Psyllium (plantago husks)
Lecithin granules
More fish, less meat
Green Tea

Avoid TFAs - trans fatty acids.
Hydrogenated = Plasticized
Partially hydrogenated = partial plastification, PLUS resultant, unpredictable Trans Fatty Acid production.

Every day, I prestir together (dry) -
2 heaping tsp of bulk psyllium husks, and 2 heaping tsp of SOY lecithin granules -

Then, I stir vigorously while adding 8 ounces of lukewarm water - take a deep breath, and swallow the mixture in about 12-14 swallows. Great for the bowels and great for the arteries.

READ the Ingredient LABELS like crazy.
If the word "hydrogenated" appears in ANY form, don't eat it .
The worst offenders - Cakes, candy bars, cookies, corn chips, crackers, cup-o-noodles, doughnuts, fish sticks, french fries, frozen waffles, microwave popcorn, pastry, pies, potato chips, salad dressing, vegetable oil, vegetable shortening, etc., to name a few.

Here is an excellent in-depth discussion of Trans-Fats in Foods.

Did you have time for, and appreciate the link above? Got more time? Wanna be blown away by official government data?
Everything Added to Food in the United States - an EAFUS PDF - over 3,000 additives.



..
Tactics to Reduce Cholesterol

Stop Smoking
Exercise Daily
Reduce Weight
Eat a low cholesterol diet
- more fruits and vegetables, less red meat

Reduce Saturated Fat Intake - Fast food, prepared food
- NO TFAs! (trans fatty acids)
- NO hydrogenated anything
- NO partially-hydrogenated anything




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Disclaimer
The author is not a doctor. I am simply a data analyst.
NO PERSONAL MEDICAL ADVICE IS OFFERED OR IMPLIED.
If you have a heart condition, see a medical professional.
Statements on this page may NOT be correct. These are just my personal thoughts. The sole purpose of this page is to encourage further research on your part. I hope that you have found this high cholesterol information page helpful. Have your cholesterol tested regularly.
Thank you very much for your time.

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