STEP 2 Cholesterol Tests: What The Numbers Mean* 14 Controlling Cholesterol Some of the factors that determine cholesterol levels are beyond our control. For example, your genes influence how high your LDL is by helping to determine how fast your body makes LDL and removes it from the blood. Below the age of menopause, women usually have lower cholesterol levels than men of the same age. The effects of elevated cholesterol can begin in the teenage or young adult years. 3 If TOTAL cholesterol is: Below 200 Desirable Keep below this number. 200-239 Borderline Make changes in your lifestyle to decrease risk of a heart attack 240 or higher High Danger! Seek medical help to lower your cholesterol level If LDL is: Less than 100 Optimal Aim for low LDL. 100-129 Near optimal 130-159 Borderline high 160-189 Too high 190 or higher Much too high IF HDL is: 60 or higher Optimal Aim for high HDL 40-59 Borderline Less than 40 Too low Less than 50 is too low for women *Measurements represent milligrams per deciliter (mgjdL). Source: www.nhlbi.nih.gov At any age, however, following a healthy lifestyle is very important for controlling your cholesterol level. That means staying active both physically and spiritually. It means limiting the amount of fat you eat and the amount of alcohol you drink, and it means losing weight if you are overweight.
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