What Is Total Cholesterol?

What Is Total Cholesterol?

What Is Total Cholesterol?

Total cholesterol is the calculation of all types of cholesterol in the body at the time of the evaluation. This includes high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), notes About.com. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends a total cholesterol level lower than 200 mg/dL.

Total cholesterol levels 240mg/dL or higher are considered too elevated; usually a plan to lower them is prescribed by a physician. LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol. Anyone over 20 should get their cholesterol levels evaluated at least once every five years, recommends WebMD.