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Lifestyle Cholesterol Management (cont.)

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

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