Do You Know What Your Cholesterol Should Be? (2022)

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that plays many roles in the body, including synthesizing hormones and vitamin D. It also assists in the transporting of lipids. Cholesterol is found in the foods you eat, but it is also made by the liver.

We need some cholesterol to build healthy cells, but an accumulation of the bad kind can be problematic, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). The recommended ranges for your cholesterol will depend on your age.

Find out what cholesterol levels are, why age is a factor, and how to keep your levels within a healthy range.

Do You Know What Your Cholesterol Should Be? (1)

What Are Cholesterol Levels?

Cholesterol circulating in the blood is carried by special particles called lipoproteins. The two major cholesterol-carrying lipoproteins are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL):

  • LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is often referred to as "bad" cholesterol because too much of it can build up in your arteries and form plaques, which increases the risk of heart disease.
  • HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is often referred to as "good" cholesterol as it carries cholesterol to the liver to be broken down and excreted.

Since your total cholesterol is a combination of your LDL cholesterol and your HDL cholesterol, ideally you want to keep your LDL levels low and your HDL levels high. There are many factors that can influence your cholesterol, including, diet, exercise, weight, genetics, and other health conditions.

Healthy Cholesterol Levels by Age

The recommended ranges for your cholesterol will vary based on age and gender. As people get older, cholesterol levels rise naturally. For example, people who have gone through menopause may have higher LDL and lower HDL cholesterol levels.

The following table was adapted from the Cleveland Clinic ("mg/dL" means "milligrams per deciliter):

Cholesterol Levels by Age: Normal, Borderline, and High
Age/SexClassificationTotal CholesterolLDLHDL
Males 19 and youngerNormalLess than 170 mg/dLLess than 110 mg/dLMore than 45 mg/dL (optimal)
Borderline170–199 mg/dL110–129 mg/dL
HighGreater than or equal to 200 mg/dLGreater than or equal to 130 mg/dL
Males 20 and olderNormal125–200 mg/dLLess than 100 mg/dLMore than 40 mg/dL (optimal)
Borderline200–239 mg/dL130-159 mg/dL
HighGreater than or equal to 239 mg/dL160–189 mg/dL
Females 19 and younger NormalLess than 170 mg/dLLess than 110 mg/dLMore than 45 mg/dL (optimal)
Borderline170–199 mg/dL110–129 mg/dL
HighGreater than or equal to 200 mg/dLGreater than or equal to 130 mg/dL
Females 20 and older Normal125–200 mg/dLLess than 100 mg/dLMore than 50 mg/dL (optimal)
Borderline200–239 mg/dL130–159 mg/dL
HighGreater than or equal to 239 mg/dL160–189 mg/dL

How Often to Get Tested

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most healthy adults should get their cholesterol checked every four to six years.

Your risk factors also determine how often your cholesterol should be checked. Adults who have a history of high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, or obesity need more frequent readings, as do all adults as they age.

Children should have their cholesterol checked at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 20 years of age. If a child has a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease, or is overweight or obese, their pediatrician may recommend getting checked sooner and more often.

What Affects Cholesterol Levels?

There are a variety of factors that can affect cholesterol levels. Some risk factors are within your control, while others are not:

  • Genetics: These factors include familial hypercholesterolemia and a family history of heart disease.
  • Sex: Males often have higher levels of LDL. After menopause, a woman's LDL levels can also increase.
  • Weight: People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of having high cholesterol.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of physical activity can increase the risk of overweight and obesity and, in turn, increase cholesterol levels.
  • Diet: Overall diet quality can affect cholesterol in a negative way, including eating too many saturated and trans fats and not enough fiber.
  • Age: Your body's ability to clear cholesterol can be impacted as you age.
  • Race and ethnicity: There are different rates of high cholesterol based on race/ethnicity and sex, with the highest rates among males in Hispanics and the highest rates among females in non-Hispanic Whites.
  • Smoking: Smoking can increase your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol.
  • Other medical conditions: Having a previous history of high cholesterol, heart disease, or diabetes can increase your risk of developing high cholesterol.

How to Lower Cholesterol

Children and adults benefit from getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in fiber. A sedentary lifestyle has been associated with high cholesterol.

Lifestyle Changes

Eating a well-balanced, heart-healthy diet: Studies have shown that a diet rich in plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes, can reduce the risk of heart disease, and stroke, and death.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, the indigestible kind of carbohydrate. Fiber acts like a sponge, binding to cholesterol, helping the body to excrete it.

Children and adults will differ in the recommended number of fruits and vegetables that should be consumed daily. But, generally, kids ages 9 and older should aim to eat around 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables daily.

This can be overwhelming for some kids and parents alike, especially if your child is more selective in their food choices. The good news is that it is never too late to start eating well. Making small changes can yield a big impact. Begin by adding one serving of fruits or vegetables daily to children's meals.

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Reducing the intake of saturated fats and trans fat: Saturated fat and trans fat are solid fats that can increase cholesterol and contribute to the buildup of plaques in the arteries when eaten in excess amounts. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that adults reduce saturated fat to less than 6% of total calorie intake.

For example, if you eat a 2,000-calorie diet, you should limit your intake of saturated fat to about 13 grams daily. One tablespoon of butter contains about 7 grams of saturated fat, more than half of the recommended daily allowance.

Foods rich in saturated and trans-fat include high-fat meats, cured meats like bacon and sausage, skins of meat, fried foods, full-fat dairy, butter, cream, baked goods, and fast food. This doesn't mean that you can never eat these foods again. Rather, reducing your intake can make a big impact on your cholesterol levels.

Children do not need to count grams of saturated fat. Simply reducing intake of fast food and making small changes can positively affect their cholesterol levels.

For example, purchasing low-fat milk, reducing red meat to twice per week, and including more lean protein such as white meat (chicken, turkey, and fish) can help to reduce saturated and trans-fat intake.

Add healthy fats: Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids (found in seeds like flax and chia) and fatty fish like salmon, may improve cholesterol by increasing your HDL. Consider having fish twice per week and adding ground flax, nuts, or seeds to oats, pancakes, or smoothies for fiber and healthy fat.

Use lower-fat cooking methods: Lower-fat cooking methods may also help to reduce cholesterol. You can make swaps such as using olive oil or avocado oil instead of butter. Aim to bake, broil, steam, poach, or grill more often and reduce the amount of frying. Get your children involved in the cooking process, too.

Move more and make it enjoyable: Physical activity is beneficial for overall health, including heart health. Being physically active is associated with healthier weight and improvement in cholesterol levels. School-aged children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Preschoolers are encouraged to move throughout the day, while adults should aim for a minimum of moderate-to-intense aerobic activity 150 minutes per week and muscle training twice weekly. This might seem overwhelming, but you can still reap the benefits of physical activity by exercising in 10-minute intervals.

The best way to start an exercise regimen is to find something you enjoy doing. When you can, make it a family affair by going for a bike ride, a walk, or participating in a family-friendly game of basketball, kickball, or tag.

However, if you have an existing health condition and are not exercising regularly, you should consult your physician before starting an exercise program.

Quit smoking: Smoking impacts your cholesterol by raising LDL and lowering HDL. The AHA recommends quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke to improve cholesterol.

Maintain a healthy weight: Carrying too much weight in the abdomen can increase the risk of heart disease and is associated with increased LDL. Excess weight has also been associated with low HDL. Modest weight loss of about 5%–10% of body weight has been shown to improve lipids.

For children within a normal weight range, weight loss is usually unnecessary. In fact, depending on the age and whether there are any health conditions, most children benefit from maintaining their weight while they continue to grow.

Getting Help for Your Child

If you are worried about your child's weight, consider consulting with a registered dietitian or expressing your concerns with your pediatrician.

Children can benefit from getting involved in meal planning, shopping, and cooking, reducing intake of sweetened beverages, and learning how to eat more fruits and vegetables. Being a good role model and getting the entire family on board is also important for making changes and providing your child with confidence.

Medications

If lifestyle changes alone don't help to reduce your cholesterol, you may need medications. The decision to start medication will also depend on your medical history, age, weight, and if you have any other risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

There are many different types of medication for cholesterol. Your physician will help you find the right fit.

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Medication may be indicated in children is if your child has inherited a genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia. The Food and Drug Administration has approved certain statins starting at age 8, but discussions with your physicians are warranted.

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Summary

Cholesterol levels tend to rise with age, so the recommended ranges for your cholesterol will depend on your age. Many factors affect your cholesterol levels in addition to age, including those over which you have control. If lifestyle changes cannot keep your cholesterol levels at a healthy level, your healthcare professional may recommend medication.

A Word From Verywell

Keeping your cholesterol levels in normal range is important in the prevention of heart disease. If you've recently had a cholesterol screening and your levels are high there are many lifestyle changes you can make to get them in a healthier range. Make sure you write down any questions you have and follow up with your doctor with your concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the normal range for cholesterol levels?

    For most healthy adults (19 and older), your total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL, your LDL less than 100 mg/dL, and your HDL greater than 40 mg/dL. For children (19 and younger), total cholesterol should be less than 170 mg/dL, LDL less than 110 mg/dL, and HDL greater than 45 mg/dL.

  • What reduces cholesterol quickly?

    There is no quick fix for reducing cholesterol, but there are plenty of ways to reduce your cholesterol naturally. Eating a high fiber diet, reducing saturated fat, losing weight, exercising, and quitting smoking are just some of the things within your control. If lifestyle interventions are unsuccessful, medication is an option.

  • Why do healthy cholesterol levels vary by age?

    Healthy cholesterol levels change with age because as we get older, cholesterol levels rise naturally. Keeping your cholesterol at a healthy level from a young age can reduce the risk of heart disease later in life.

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FAQs

Do You Know What Your Cholesterol Should Be? ›

Triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol, but they are part of a lipoprotein panel (the test that measures cholesterol levels). A normal triglyceride level is below 150 mg/dL.
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Men age 20 or older:
Type of CholesterolHealthy Level
Non-HDLLess than 130mg/dL
LDLLess than 100mg/dL
HDL40mg/dL or higher
1 more row
Oct 2, 2020

What should your cholesterol normally be? ›

For most healthy adults (19 and older), your total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL, your LDL less than 100 mg/dL, and your HDL greater than 40 mg/dL. For children (19 and younger), total cholesterol should be less than 170 mg/dL, LDL less than 110 mg/dL, and HDL greater than 45 mg/dL.

How do I check my good cholesterol levels? ›

The only way to know whether you have high cholesterol is to get your cholesterol checked. Your health care team can do a simple blood test, called a “lipid profile,” to measure your cholesterol levels.

What is normal cholesterol for a 70 year old? ›

40 – 49 mg/dL for men and 50 – 59 mg/dL for women is better. 60 mg/dL and higher is best.

Does peanut butter raise cholesterol? ›

A serving of peanut butter also has over twice as much saturated fat as a serving of almond butter. While saturated fat isn't necessarily harmful in moderation, too much of it can raise your cholesterol, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Does drinking water lower cholesterol? ›

The bottom line: "No one has shown that drinking more water or fluid in general to improve day-to-day hydration status does anything to lower cholesterol levels and decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease," Sandon says.

What is the most important cholesterol number? ›

An optimal level of non- HDL cholesterol is less than 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 3.37 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). Higher numbers mean a higher risk of heart disease. To calculate your cholesterol ratio, divide your total cholesterol number by your HDL cholesterol number.

What is dangerously high cholesterol? ›

A person is considered at high risk for developing heart disease if their total cholesterol level is higher than 240 mg/dL, LDL levels are higher than 160 mg/dL (190 mg/dL is even higher risk), and if the HDL level is below 40 mg/dL.

What are the warning signs of high cholesterol? ›

What are the warning signs of high cholesterol?
  • Nausea.
  • Numbness.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Chest pain or angina.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Numbness or coldness in extremities.
  • High blood pressure.
Sep 9, 2021

How can I lower my cholesterol fast? ›

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  1. Reduce saturated fats. Saturated fats, found primarily in red meat and full-fat dairy products, raise your total cholesterol. ...
  2. Eliminate trans fats. ...
  3. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. ...
  4. Increase soluble fiber. ...
  5. Add whey protein.

Does exercise Lower cholesterol? ›

How does exercise improve cholesterol levels? Exercise works to eliminate the dangerous, fatty LDL cholesterol by increasing HDL cholesterol. Losing weight also increases HDL.

What cheese is better for cholesterol? ›

Cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and nonfat cheeses are generally considered healthier than many other types of cheese. This is because these cheeses often contain lower amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat.

Which nuts help lower cholesterol? ›

Almonds and other nuts

Almonds and other tree nuts can improve blood cholesterol. A recent study concluded that a diet supplemented with walnuts can lower the risk of heart complications in people with history of a heart attack.

Does walking lower cholesterol? ›

A person can combat high cholesterol by exercising regularly. Forms of exercise that help a person lower their total and LDL cholesterol levels include walking, running, cycling, and swimming. Often, these exercises can also help raise the levels of a person's HDL cholesterol.

Does coffee raise cholesterol? ›

Though brewed coffee does not contain actual cholesterol, it does have two natural oils that contain chemical compounds -- cafestol and kahweol -- which can raise cholesterol levels. And studies have shown that older coffee drinkers have higher levels of cholesterol.

Does coffee affect cholesterol? ›

While coffee does not contain cholesterol, it can affect cholesterol levels. The diterpenes in coffee suppress the body's production of substances involved in cholesterol breakdown, causing cholesterol to increase. Specifically, coffee diterpenes may cause an increase in total cholesterol and LDL levels.

Does cholesterol increase with age? ›

Background: Previous research indicates that total cholesterol levels increase with age during young adulthood and middle age and decline with age later in life. This is attributed to changes in diet, body composition, medication use, physical activity, and hormone levels.

What foods cause high cholesterol? ›

Unhealthy fats
  • processed or deli-style meats (such as ham, bacon and salami)
  • deep fried fast foods.
  • processed foods (such as biscuits and pastries)
  • takeaway foods (such as hamburgers and pizza)
  • fat on meat and skin on chicken.
  • ghee, lard and copha.
  • coconut oil.

What is a good HDL and LDL ratio? ›

Optimal HDL levels are over 40 mg/dL for men and over 50 mg/dL for women, according to Germany's Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care . An optimal LDL level is under 100 mg/dL, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .

What is stroke level cholesterol? ›

Levels of LDL cholesterol higher than 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are linked to an increased risk for ischemic stroke.

How long does it take cholesterol to go down? ›

Cholesterol drops over time, not suddenly, after a few days of healthier living. There is no set period in which cholesterol is guaranteed to drop. Cholesterol-lowering drugs usually produce a change in LDL within 6 to 8 weeks. It is possible for lifestyle changes to change cholesterol levels within weeks.

Is cholesterol affected by stress? ›

If high levels of stress are part of your daily life, you are at risk for high cholesterol, according to research. In a large study of more than 91,500 adults in different professions, job-related stress was linked to high cholesterol, including high LDL and low HDL cholesterol.

Are bananas good for cholesterol? ›

The fiber and potassium in bananas can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. If you're a fan of bananas, your cholesterol levels will thank you. Like all fruits, bananas are a good source of fiber, especially soluble fiber. Eating more of this type of fiber has been found to help lower cholesterol.

What are the main causes of high cholesterol? ›

Many different factors can contribute to high blood cholesterol, including lifestyle factors like smoking, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, as well as having an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

What is the best food to eat when you have high cholesterol? ›

Naturally cholesterol-free and low-fat, fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a good diet. Whole grains: Oats, quinoa, barley, and whole wheat offer up fiber, complex carbohydrates, and protein. Look for breads, pastas, and cereals made with a variety of whole grains.

Does B12 lower cholesterol? ›

Another important vitamin in managing your cholesterol is B12. Not only has research shown that taking vitamin B12 daily can lower cholesterol naturally, but it can also provide additional cardiovascular health benefits, such as reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries).

What is the best home remedy for cholesterol? ›

Here are 10 tips to lower cholesterol with your diet and help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Enjoy Lots of Fruits and Vegetables. ...
  • Cook with Herbs and Spices. ...
  • Eat a Variety of Unsaturated Fats. ...
  • Avoid Artificial Trans Fats. ...
  • Eat Fewer Added Sugars. ...
  • Enjoy a Mediterranean-Style Diet. ...
  • Eat More Soy. ...
  • Drink Green Tea.

Can you eat chicken with high cholesterol? ›

If you have high cholesterol, you should talk with your doctor about what you eat, including meat. There are good, lean choices. For example, you can consider chicken or turkey breasts without skin; pork tenderloin; or beef round, sirloin, or tenderloin. Avoid highly processed meats (bacon, ham, lunchmeat, etc.).

Does losing weight lower cholesterol? ›

If you are obese and have high cholesterol, losing weight should help lower your cholesterol, as well as your risk for other obesity-related conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Learn more about our weight loss services.

Does bread raise cholesterol? ›

Food items made from refined grains or flour (maida) contain refined carbohydrates, which may have a negative effect on your good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Avoid consuming products like white bread or pasta.

What is dangerously high cholesterol? ›

A person is considered at high risk for developing heart disease if their total cholesterol level is higher than 240 mg/dL, LDL levels are higher than 160 mg/dL (190 mg/dL is even higher risk), and if the HDL level is below 40 mg/dL.

Is a cholesterol of 6.4 high? ›

High cholesterol levels are considered: too high: between 5 and 6.4mmol/l. very high: between 6.5 and 7.8mmol/l. extremely high: above 7.8mmol/l.

What is the normal range for HDL and LDL? ›

So what are your target numbers? According to Michos, an ideal LDL cholesterol level should be less than 70 mg/dl, and a woman's HDL cholesterol level ideally should be close to 50 mg/dl. Triglycerides should be less than 150 mg/dl. As Michos notes, total cholesterol levels well below 200 mg/dl are best.

What are the warning signs of high cholesterol? ›

What are the warning signs of high cholesterol?
  • Nausea.
  • Numbness.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Chest pain or angina.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Numbness or coldness in extremities.
  • High blood pressure.
Sep 9, 2021

Does drinking water lower cholesterol? ›

The bottom line: "No one has shown that drinking more water or fluid in general to improve day-to-day hydration status does anything to lower cholesterol levels and decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease," Sandon says.

What is stroke level cholesterol? ›

Levels of LDL cholesterol higher than 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are linked to an increased risk for ischemic stroke.

How long does it take cholesterol to go down? ›

Cholesterol drops over time, not suddenly, after a few days of healthier living. There is no set period in which cholesterol is guaranteed to drop. Cholesterol-lowering drugs usually produce a change in LDL within 6 to 8 weeks. It is possible for lifestyle changes to change cholesterol levels within weeks.

Will losing weight lower cholesterol? ›

If you are obese and have high cholesterol, losing weight should help lower your cholesterol, as well as your risk for other obesity-related conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Does stress cause high cholesterol? ›

Is stress linked to high cholesterol? The short is yes. Feeling under pressure for a long time can raise your risk of high cholesterol and even heart disease. But you can take steps to get your stress under control and protect your heart.

What is the main cause of high cholesterol? ›

Many different factors can contribute to high blood cholesterol, including lifestyle factors like smoking, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, as well as having an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

What is the most important cholesterol number? ›

An optimal level of non- HDL cholesterol is less than 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 3.37 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). Higher numbers mean a higher risk of heart disease. To calculate your cholesterol ratio, divide your total cholesterol number by your HDL cholesterol number.

Does cholesterol go up with age? ›

Background: Previous research indicates that total cholesterol levels increase with age during young adulthood and middle age and decline with age later in life. This is attributed to changes in diet, body composition, medication use, physical activity, and hormone levels.

Does exercise Lower cholesterol? ›

How does exercise improve cholesterol levels? Exercise works to eliminate the dangerous, fatty LDL cholesterol by increasing HDL cholesterol. Losing weight also increases HDL.

Does walking help cholesterol? ›

A person can combat high cholesterol by exercising regularly. Forms of exercise that help a person lower their total and LDL cholesterol levels include walking, running, cycling, and swimming. Often, these exercises can also help raise the levels of a person's HDL cholesterol.

Are bananas good for cholesterol? ›

The fiber and potassium in bananas can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. If you're a fan of bananas, your cholesterol levels will thank you. Like all fruits, bananas are a good source of fiber, especially soluble fiber. Eating more of this type of fiber has been found to help lower cholesterol.

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