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Thursday, March 20, 2008

HDL Cholesterol Level. LDL Cholesterol Level, Triglyceride level

HDL Cholesterol Level

HDL Cholesterol is the good cholesterol, so the higher the HDL cholesterol level the better. If your HDL Cholesterol level is below 40mg/dl (for men) or below 50mg/dl (for women), then you are in the risk of having a heart attack. In average the HDL cholesterol level should be around 40-50mg/dl (for men) or 50-60 mg/dl (for women). If your HDL cholesterol level is above 60mg/dl, you have some protection against heart attack.

LDL Cholesterol Level

LDL Cholesterol is the bad cholesterol, so the lower the LDL cholesterol level the better. Generally, LDL Cholesterol level devided into these category:

LDL Cholesterol Level

Less than 100 mg/dL

Healthy Cholesterol Level

100 to 129 mg/dL

Normal Cholesterol Level

130 to 159 mg/dL

Borderline Cholesterol Level

160 to 189 mg/dL

High Cholesterol Level

190 mg/dL and above

Very High Cholesterol Level

However, the real risk of heart attack or stroke also depend on your other risks. A healthy LDL cholesterol level for you might not be healthy for anyone else.

Triglyceride level

Triglyceride is basically a form of fat since it has a very low density protein. if you have a high level of total cholesterol level, high LDL cholesterol level and low HDL cholesterol level, it will be a certainty that you have a high level of triglyceride level as well.

Triglyceride level

less than 150 mg/dL

Healthy Triglyceride Level

150–199 mg/dL

Borderline Triglyceride Level

200–499 mg/dL

High Triglyceride Level

500 mg/dL and above

Very High Triglyceride Level