Total Cholesterol 168 (under 200 is good)
HDL is 36 (40 should be the minimum and anything in the 40-50 range is good) -A little low!
LDL is 93 and anything less than 100 is in the OPTIMAL RANGE
Triglycerides are 194 and considered in the borderline range of 150-199
These numbers are after spending 5 weeks in Ireland which is a considerable change of diet to what I normally eat at home.
The estimates of where they should be vary depending on what website you are looking at or what doctor you talk to.
As an example if your overall cholesterol is less than 150 many medical experts believe this is very unhealthy and can cause a host of other problems. I have seen ads pushing statin drugs to get to GOAL which in pharmaceutical language means UNDER 100.
Here is an except from Dr. Mercola on dangers of LOW cholesterol!
However, due to misinformation in the media and drug pushing by multinational corporations, the majority of people worry about their cholesterol being too high and are clueless about the dangers of low cholesterol, especially when done artificially with drugs.
What you need to know first and foremost is that cholesterol is good for you. It’s present in every single cell in your body where it helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids to help you digest fat.
Cholesterol also helps in the formation of your memories and is vital for neurological function, which is why the above finding that low cholesterol is linked to memory loss is not at all surprising.
In fact, when your cholesterol levels go too low, a host of negative things happen in your body.
Impaired memory and dementia are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to low cholesterol’s impact on your brain. Having too little of this beneficial compound also:
Unfortunately, in the United States lowering cholesterol levels has become so common that nearly everyone reading this either knows someone struggling to do so, or has struggled to do so themselves.
Here is a typical chart off the internet:
CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDES GOALS
Total cholesterol count includes measurements of LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. The following chart summarizes all lipid goals fpr adults.
CHOLESTEROL GOALS FOR ADULTS
Total Cholesterol Goals
Less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.
Between 200 and 239 is borderline.
Over 240 is high.
70 mg/dL is considered an important goal for very high-risk patients (recent heart attack; current active or unstable cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease; or two multiple risk factors as defined above.)
Below 100 mg/dL is optimal for everyone. It should be the goal for high-risk people, including those with existing heart disease, diabetes, or two or more risk factors for heart disease; 70 mg/dL is an optimal goal for these individuals.
130 mg/dL or below for people with two or more risk factors; 100 mg/dL is an optimal goal.
160 mg/dL or below for people at less risk (one or zero risk factors); 130 mg/dL is an optimal goal.
Anything above 160 mg/dL is high, with levels above 190 being very high. LDL levels over 190 require medication even with no other cardiac risk factors present.
Levels above 40 mg/dL are desirable; levels above 60 mg/dL are optimal.
Below 150 mg/dL is normal.
150 - 199 is borderline high.
200 - 499 is high.
Over 500 is very high.
*Risk factors for heart disease include a family history of early heart problems before age 55 for men (before age 65 for women), smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, being older (over 45 for men and 55 for women), and having HDL levels below 35 mg/dL. People with two or more of these risk factors may have a 10-year risk of heart attack that exceeds 20%, and may therefore need to aim for LDL levels of 100 mg/dL or below.