Blood Test Part 2 – Lipid Panel






Healthy                          Below 200 mg/dL (below 5.18 mmol/L)
Borderline                     high 200 to 239 mg/dL (5.2 to 6.2 mmol/L)
High                               Above 240 mg/dL (above 6.2 mmol/L)

This test measures the levels of both LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol in combination. It may be done simply to record an individual’s cholesterol levels or for comparison purposes (e.g., to determine if cholesterol-lowering medications or nutrients are working).

Healthy range: 40 to 160 mg/dL
Triglyceride, a type of fat (lipid) are found in the bloodstream and may contribute to heart disease and other health problems.

The general rules:
Best                 Above 60 mg/dL
Good               50 to 60 mg/dL
Poor                Below 40 mg/dL for men; below 50 mg/dL for women

Optimal                      Below 100 mg/dL
Near optimal             100 to 129 mg/dL
Borderline high        130 to 159 mg/dL
High                          160 to 189 mg/dL
Very high                  Above 189 mg/dL

Also known as bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the substance clogging arteries and linking to heart disease.

American Heart Association guidelines:
Optimal           Ratio of 3.5 to 1
Healthy           Ratio of 5 to 1 or lower

This ratio is another way to check the risk of heart disease. It is determined by dividing HDL cholesterol level into total cholesterol.