Advertisement

What are guidelines for low-density lipoprotein blood cholesterol levels?

The following are the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines for low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol levels:
  • less than 70 mg/dL: optional goal for high-risk patients
  • less than 100 mg/dL: optimal
  • 100 to 129 mg/dL: near optimal/above optimal
  • 130 to 159 mg/dL: borderline high
  • 160 to 189 mg/dL: high
  • 190 mg/dL and above: very high

Continue Learning about Cholesterol

Cholesterol Treatments You Need to Know About
Cholesterol Treatments You Need to Know About
About 78 million Americans have high cholesterol, but only about 55 percent of those are being treated for it. High cholesterol raises your risk for h...
Read More
What number of LDL cholesterol should I aim for?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
LDL cholesterol is commonly termed the “bad cholesterol,” so in general, it's good to aim for lower ...
More Answers
6 Cholesterol Mistakes You're Probably Making
6 Cholesterol Mistakes You're Probably Making6 Cholesterol Mistakes You're Probably Making6 Cholesterol Mistakes You're Probably Making6 Cholesterol Mistakes You're Probably Making
The mistakes you make every day could be increasing your risk of heart disease.
Start Slideshow
Snacking on Blueberries May Reduce Bad Cholesterol Levels
Snacking on Blueberries May Reduce Bad Cholesterol Levels

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.