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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