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.

What Is Normal Cholesterol?

Thursday, 28 June 2012 01:00 PM

Question: My bad cholesterol is 158 and my good cholesterol is 36. I don’t understand why my doctors are making an issue of the bad cholesterol. Isn’t 158 pretty much normal?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

LDL (low density lipoprotein) is the bad cholesterol and targets are under 130 for the general population. Targets are under 100 for those with or at high risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, or diabetes. A recommended soft target of 80 is recommended in these latter conditions. Your LDL is too high! This is the circulating fragment that deposits in our vessels and plugs blood supply!

The good cholesterol is the HDL (high density lipoprotein). Targets for HDL are the higher the better. Treatment is recommended for those with increased risk of premature vascular disease, especially when HDL is under 40. Your HDL is too low. Most men are happy with an HDL over 60 and women with an HDL over 80. The HDL is the fragment that mops up the small LDL and broken lipoprotein components that are otherwise deposited in blood vessel walls.

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