When you first learned about your high cholesterol, your healthcare provider probably discussed several numbers with you. That’s because your blood cholesterol is actually made up of several parts: your total cholesterol, your low density lipoproteins, or LDL; your high density lipoproteins, or HDL; and your triglycerides.
LDL is the cholesterol that clings to the walls of our blood vessels and forms plaque. This is the bad cholesterol.
HDL does not cling to blood vessel walls. In fact, it may even help remove some of the bad cholesterol. HDL is the good cholesterol.
Triglycerides are another type of fat found in the blood. These, too, can build up on artery walls.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, and specific cholesterol goals may depend on the presence of other heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, being overweight, or a family history of heart disease or diabetes
In most cases, adults should aim for a total cholesterol level below 200.
When it comes to your LDL, lower numbers are the best numbers and the more risk factors you have, the lower yo