If you’ve been told you have high cholesterol, here’s some good news: it’s highly controllable.
And keeping it in a healthy range can help knock out one big risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Your doctor can tell you how you should manage your cholesterol. These top five habits may also help you reach healthier numbers the natural way.
WHAT DO YOUR NUMBERS MEAN?
Total Cholesterol: Your total cholesterol measures certain types of fats in your blood, including HDL (“good” cholesterol) and LDL (“bad” cholesterol).
- Normal: < 200 mg/dL
- Borderline high: 200-239 mg/dL
- High: ≥ 240 mg/dL
HDL ("good" cholesterol): Helps remove the bad cholesterol from your body.
- Ideal: ≥ 60 mg/dL
- Acceptable: 40-59 mg/dL
- Low: < 40 mg/dL
LDL ("bad" cholesterol): Can leave waxy deposits stuck to blood vessel walls that can clog arteries and may lead to heart disease.
- Optimal: < 100 mg/dL
- Near or above optimal: 100-129 mg/dL
- Borderline high: 130-159 mg/dL
- High: 160-189 mg/dL
- Very high: ≥ 190 mg/dL