What Cholesterol Levels Are Healthy?

What Cholesterol Levels Are Healthy?

What Cholesterol Levels Are Healthy?

The ideal level of high-density cholesterol, also known as HDL cholesterol and the good cholesterol, is 60 milligrams per deciliter of blood, states Mayo Clinic. For people at risk of heart disease, below 100 milligrams of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, also known as LDL cholesterol and the bad cholesterol, is ideal.

People with heart disease may be best to keep their LDL cholesterol below 70 milligrams per deciliter of blood, while triglyceride levels are best kept below 150 milligrams per deciliter, says Mayo Clinic. A desirable total cholesterol count, which is the sum of a person's HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and 20 percent of her triglycerides, is below 200 milligrams per deciliter, according to Healthline.