If you are an adult over 20 years old, it’s important to have your cholesterol level checked about every 5 years to ensure that you have what is considered to be a healthy cholesterol level. High cholesterol can cause heart disease and is a primary factor in people acquiring hardening of the arteries and causing heart attacks.
It’s very common these days for people to have their cholesterol levels checked. Doctors usually have their patients take a lipid profile test which checks the LDL (bad cholesterol), the HDL (good cholesterol) and the triglyceride level.
Healthy Cholesterol Level
Experts believe that if your overall cholesterol level is below 200mg/dl then you have a healthy cholesterol level and are considered to be at low risk for acquiring heart disease. It’s difficult for people to achieve a healthy cholesterol level or keep an acceptable cholesterol level whether they eat an unhealthy diet loaded with saturated fats or whether they do not get enough exercise.
In case your cholesterol test reveals a cholesterol level between 200 and 240 mg/dl you are placed in the category of people who are considered to have a moderate risk of getting heart disease. If your cholesterol test shows a cholesterol level over 240 mg/dl you are placed in the high risk category. People in the high risk category are thought to have about twice the risk of acquiring heart disease than those that have a healthy cholesterol level which is under 200 mg/dl.
Whether due to your high cholesterol level you are considered a high risk patient you should have an exercise plan created for you by an expert, reduce the saturated fat in your diet, eat healthy foods and if you still have a high cholesterol level your doctor might recommend drugs designed to reduce cholesterol such as statins.
HDL The Good Cholesterol
To increase your HDL (good cholesterol) level, avoid smoking, get a good deal of exercise and obtain a healthy bodyweight and avoid saturated fats. In the average size male, the HDL cholesterol level is between 40 and 50 mg/dl while in women the HDL range is from 50 to 60 mg/dl.
Your LDL (bad cholesterol) level is the best source for determining your risk of having a heart attack or having a stroke. It provides a better indication of your risk for heart disease than a total cholesterol level can provide.
A LDL level under 100 mg/dl is preferred. A level of 130 to 159 is considered borderline high and 160 to 189 mg/dl is considered to be a high LDL level. A level at 190 or higher is considered by experts to be very high. In order to avoid heart disease, heart attacks and strokes you should have your cholesterol checked to find out if you have a healthy cholesterol level.