Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How High Should My 'Good' Cholesterol Be?

Friday, 05 Jul 2013 10:02 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I was just told by my doctor's office that my blood work showed a total cholesterol count of 228, with 121 being LDL and the remainder HDL. Does the high ratio of good to bad cholesterol make this okay? I am 72 years old.
                                     
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
If your HDL is 107 with an LDL of 121, I would be pleased with those figures. If you want me to be technical, I will say I prefer to see LDL under 100, but with such a wonderful HDL — well over the threshold many of us can reach — I believe you may be best leaving well alone.
 
You are right: your high HDL is your saving grace
 
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