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Lifestyle Cholesterol Management (cont.)

Where to Get Cholesterol Tested

Measuring your cholesterol involves taking a sample of blood. Often your health care practitioner will recommend and arrange these tests during an office visit, although it is best to have the blood drawn after fasting for 14-16 hours.

Cholesterol screening opportunities are often available in the community such as:

  • screenings held in shopping centers;
  • community health fairs;
  • neighborhood medical clinics;
  • home testing devices; and
  • work site testing.

What do the cholesterol numbers mean?

Making Sense of Your Cholesterol Count*
Type of FatBadBetterDesirable
Total Blood Cholesterol240 mg/dL** and above needs evaluation of HDL and LDL levels200-239 is borderline high200 and less; 150 is ideal
HDL40 mg/dL or less45 for men; 55 for women60 or more
LDL190 mg/dL or more considered very high; 160-189 considered high130-159 is borderline high100-129 is nearly the best; under 100 is ideal
Triglycerides500 mg/dL or more is very high; 200-499 is considered high150-199 is borderline highUnder 150 is normal

*From the revised guidelines ATP III, National Institutes of Health **mg/dL means milligrams per deciliter of blood

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/21/2016

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