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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 the Numbers Mean

Making Sense of Your Cholesterol Count*
Type of Fat Bad Better Desirable
Total Blood Cholesterol 240 mg/dL** and above needs evaluation of HDL and LDL levels 200-239 is borderline high 200 and less; 150 is ideal
HDL 40 mg/dL or less 45 for men; 55 for women 60 or more
LDL 190 mg/dL or more considered very high; 160-189 considered high 130-159 is borderline high 100-129 is nearly the best; under 100 is ideal
Triglycerides 500 mg/dL or more is very high; 200-499 is considered high 150-199 is borderline high Under 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 8/19/2014

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