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How Is Cholesterol Measured?

Last updated on: November 19, 2020

How Is Cholesterol Measured?Blood cholesterol levels are measured in mmol/L.

Shown below are the recommended levels for cholesterol and lipoproteins for people:

  • With no risk factors
  • With risk factors
  • With heart disease


    No Risk
With Risk
With Heart
Total Cholesterol below 5.2 5.0 4.5
Triglycerides below 2.3 2.0 1.7
LDL below 3.4 3.0 2.5
HDL above 0.9 1.1 1.2

These are recommended values only. Your cholesterol values may be different depending on your own individual history and conditions.

Any decisions related to lifestyle and therapy should be discussed with your doctor.

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