The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “Total cholesterol levels less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are considered desirable for adults. A reading between 200 and 239 mg/dL is considered borderline high and a reading of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high. LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL.”
This is why, if your OneBlood cholesterol screening shows an elevated level, you should have a fasting cholesterol test performed by your doctor to determine your actual LDL/HDL ratio. Too much LDL cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Our bodies need cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, digestive fluids and nerve cells among others. Your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs, but the foods you eat and possible genetic factors that determine how you metabolize them, can add to the cholesterol levels in your body. Some people may need medication to control their high cholesterol, but everyone can benefit by making some lifestyle changes.