A chart showing normal HDL, LDL and total cholesterol ranges cam be found at Cholesterol-LoweringFoods.org, among other sites. HDL or high density lipoprotein is good cholesterol and LDL or low density lipoprotein is bad cholesterol. The higher the HDL the better and the lower the LDL the better.
A HDL level higher than 60 mg/dl is in the healthy range, states Cholesterol-LoweringFoods.org. A HDL level of less than 40 mg/dl is unhealthy. An LDL level higher than 160 mg/dl puts one a risk for heart attacks or strokes and above 190 mg/dl is a high risk level. An LDL level below 100 mg/dl is healthy, but those with an LDL level between 100 and 130 needs to start monitor his diet. Those with an LDL level between 130 and 160 mg/dl should increase exercise - especially cardiovascular training. A total cholesterol level below 200 mg/dl is healthy. A total cholesterol level above 240 is considered high.
To keep HDL and LDL at healthy levels, stop smoking, exercise regularly and lose weight if overweight, states Cholesterol-LoweringFoods.org. Dark chocolate, avocados, flaxseed oil, grapes and eggplant are some foods recommended by cholesterol-loweringfoods.com to lower cholesterol. Red wine, black tea and green tea are also recommended.