Saturday, June 24, 2023

What are cholesterol types and ranges of cholesterol for a 60 year old?

 To determine whether your cholesterol is high and to estimate your risk of heart attacks and other forms of heart disease, you can get a complete cholesterol test, also called a lipid panel or lipid profile

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The test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood
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 You can see a doctor or use an at-home test kit to check your cholesterol levels
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 The American Heart Association recommends that everyone over age 20 get a cholesterol test
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The following are the types of cholesterol and their ranges for adults
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  • Total cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dL is normal, 200 to 239 mg/dL is borderline high, and at or above 240 mg/dL is high.
  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein), the "bad cholesterol": Less than 100 mg/dL is optimal, 100 to 129 mg/dL is near optimal/above optimal, 130 to 159 mg/dL is borderline high, 160 to 189 mg/dL is high, and 190 mg/dL or higher is very high.
  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the "good cholesterol": 60 mg/dL or higher is good, 40 to 59 mg/dL is okay, and less than 40 mg/dL is low.
  • Triglycerides: Less than 150 mg/dL is normal, 150 to 199 mg/dL is borderline high, 200 to 499 mg/dL is high, and 500 mg/dL or higher is very high.
Cholesterol-lowering foods include:
  • Oats and oat bran
  • Barley and other whole grains
  • Beans
  • Eggplant and okra
  • Nuts
  • Vegetable oils
  • Apples, grapes, strawberries, and citrus fruits
  • Foods fortified with sterols and stanols
Cholesterol-lowering supplements include:
  • Plant sterols and stanols
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Soluble fiber
  • Garlic
  • Green tea extract
It is important to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements to lower your cholesterol
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