Cholesterol Level Charts

Normal cholesterol levels and can be determined by looking at the following cholesterol level charts. You also see whether you are at your optimal goal or your relative risk level. These charts are based upon the recommendations of the National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Heart Association.

LDL Cholesterol

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is known as "bad cholesterol." When there is too much LDL in the blood, it builds up on the inside of the blood vessels walls, making it more difficult for blood to flow freely. This increases the risk of hear disease and stroke.

Less than 100 Optimal Goal
100 - 129 Close to Optimal
130 - 159 Borderline High
160 - 189 High
190 or higher Very High

HDL Cholesterol

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is also known as "good cholesterol". HDL helps clear LDL away from blood vessels walls, decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Less than 40 High Risk
40 - 59 Close to Optimal
60 or Higher Optimal


Triglycerides (TG) are not the same thing as cholesterol. They are another type of fat often found in the body. TG are tested at the same time as cholesterol. Triglycerides make the blood more likely to clot. This can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. TG can also lower the levels of HDL.

Less than 150 Optimal Goal
150 - 199 Borderline High
200 - 499 High
500 or Higher Very High

Total Cholesterol

Total cholesterol (TC) refers to the total amount of LDL, HDL, and VLDL added together.

Less than 200 Optimal Goal
200 - 239 Borderline High
240 or Higher High


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This page was last updated on 09/06/07.