HDL Cholesterol Levels:
- Less than 40 mg/dL for men = Low HDL level (higher risk)
- Less than 50 mg/dL for women = Low HDL level (higher risk)
- 40 to 59 mg/dL = The higher, the better
- 60 mg/dL and above = High HDL level (lower risk)
LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. This is the main carrier of harmful cholesterol in your blood. The higher your level of LDL cholesterol, the higher your risk of heart disease and stroke.
LDL Cholesterol Levels:
- Less than 70 mg/dL = Optional goal if you’re at very high risk of a heart attack.
- Less than 100 mg/dL = Optimal level for people with heart disease or diabetes
- 100 to 129 mg/dL = Near or above optimal level
- 130 to 159 mg/dL = Borderline high level
- 160 to 189 mg/dL = High level
- 190 mg/dL and above = Very high level