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What is considered a normal cholesterol level?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A normal total cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dL, which puts you in a lower risk category for coronary heart disease. (Other risk factors for heart disease include your age, family history, smoking, and high blood pressure.)

But keep in mind that there is more than one number associated with your cholesterol test -- total cholesterol tells only part of the story. There's your "bad" LDL cholesterol, your "good" HDL cholesterol, and your triglycerides (another form of blood fat). Your LDL cholesterol should be 100 mg/DL or less. Your HDL is considered healthy at 60 mg/dL and above. Normal triglyceride levels are less than 150 mg/dL.

If any of your cholesterol numbers are too high or, in the case of your HDL, too low, your doctor can recommend a plan of action that may include lifestyle changes and medication.

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