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What do my cholesterol numbers mean?

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Get familiar with healthy levels

Cholesterol numbers are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

Here are the healthy levels of cholesterol, based on your age and gender:

Type of Cholesterol Healthy Level Anyone age 19 or younger Healthy Level Men age 20 or older Healthy Level Women age 20 or older
Total Cholesterol Less than 170 Less than 200 Less than 200
LDL Less than 100 Less than 130 Less than 130
HDL More than 45 More than 40 More than 45
Triglycerides Less than 90 Less than 150 Less than 150