Reaching Your Cholesterol Targets

Do You Know All Your Cholesterol Numbers?

A fasting cholesterol test provides you with a variety of measures that offer a view into your heart health. For many people, evaluating LDL (the "bad cholesterol"), HDL (the "good cholesterol") and triglycerides separately is recommended. Take a deeper look at the numbers ›

LDL Cholesterol: How Low Should You Go?

At one time, a "desirable" blood level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the so-called "bad" cholesterol) was 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Today, information suggests the new "desirable" level should be half that. This has doctors and the rest of us wondering: how low should we go with LDL?

Stepping Up Your HDL Game

The surprising truth is that many people with low LDL levels (the "bad" cholesterol) still have heart attacks and strokes.  So there is a good bit of interest in tinkering with HDL levels (the “good" cholesterol). Learn why a higher number is better than a lower one when it comes to HDL

Take the Cholesterol Quiz

Test your cholesterol smarts with this 8 question quiz.

The Truth About Triglycerides

Triglycerides are measured when you get a cholesterol test.  High triglycerides increase the likelihood of developing heart disease even when cholesterol levels are normal, especially in postmenopausal women. Get the lowdown on lowering triglycerides, the “forgotten fat”

Treating High Cholesterol

Although healthy lifestyle changes are enough for some people to manage cholesterol, others need cholesterol-lowering medication. Read up on the 5 main types of cholesterol medications ›

Good Habits for Life

Boosting your "good" HDL cholesterol isn't as easy as lowering LDL cholesterol, but there are a number of ways to make improvements. What to do about low HDL ›

Reference: Cholesterol section on Better Medicine

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An HDL level less than 40 mg/dL is low and is considered a major risk factor because it increases your risk for developing heart disease.