What Are Cholesterol Values

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has well defined definitions for the cholesterol values. These definite values are discussed in the chart below.

Explanation of The Cholesterol Values:

The explanation of the above mentioned cholesterol values are discussed below:

  • Excess Amount Of LDL In The Blood:

    LDL signifies bad cholesterol, so the excess amount of LDL is a symbol of high cholesterol level in the body. The presence of high cholesterol for a longer time can result in the hardening of the arteries, which in long run can cause a heart disease as well.

  • Total Cholesterol:

    This calculation cannot precisely tell about the risk which LDL has on the heart. This is because it involves many kinds of cholesterols including the HDL which is considered as a good cholesterol.

  • Low Levels Of HDL:

    It is also an indication of the risk of a heart disease and is similar to the high levels of LDL in the body. But high levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body can compensate for it.

  • Elevated levels Of Triglyceride:

    The increase in the levels of triglyceride is associated with the increased risk of obesity and other factors associated with it.

Definite Values For Cholesterol In Human Body:

The values for cholesterol are:

Total Cholesterol
Desirable < 200mg/dl < 5.1
Borderline High 200-239 mg/dl 5.1 – 6.1 mg/dl
High > 239 > 6.1
LDL Cholesterol (Bad Cholesterol)
Optimal < 100 mg/dl < 2.1 mg/dl
Near / Above Optimum 100 – 129 mg/dl 2.6-3.3 mg/dl
Borderline High 130 – 159 mg/dl 3.3 – 4.1 mg/dl
High 160-189 mg/dl 4.1 – 4.8 mg/dl
V. High > 189 mg/dl > 4.8 mg/dl
HDL (Good Cholesterol)
Low (Undesirable) < 40 mg/dl < 1.0 mg/dl
High (Desirable) > 160 mg/dl > 1.5 mg/dl
Normal < 150 mg/dl 1.7 mg/dl
Borderline High 150 – 299 mg/dl 1.7 – 2.2 mg/dl
High 200 – 499 mg/dl 2.2 – 5.6 mg/dl
V. High > 499 mg/dl > 5.6 mg/dl

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