Let’s Do the Numbers

Cholesterol is measured in milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. A total cholesterol reading of 200 mg/dl or less is ideal.

LDL — Seventy mg/dl measurement or less is good for individuals with a high risk of heart disease based on family history, weight, etc. While 100 to 130 is OK for everyone else, we’d all like to be below 100. The recommendation for anyone who has coronary artery disease (CAD) is a reading below seventy.

HDL — Sixty mg/dl or more is terrific. A reading below forty for men and fifty for men is not good. If you’re in this range, talk to your doctor.

Triglycerides — Normal is an mg/dl less than 150; high is 200 to 499 and very high is over 500