During American Heart Month, the Wellness team reminds you that knowing your cholesterol numbers can help you manage your overall health.
The terms “good” and “bad” are commonly used when referring to cholesterol.
Experts say your high-density lipids (HDL), or good cholesterol, should be higher than 60 mg/dL, while your low-density lipids (LDL), or bad cholesterol, should be less than 100 mg/dL.
Total cholesterol — the combination of LDL, HDL and triglycerides — determines your risk for potential health complications.
A healthy total cholesterol number is considered less than 200 mg/dL.
If your total cholesterol is higher than this number, you may have an increased risk of developing heart disease, a heart attack or stroke.
See your health care provider for a complete screening that includes checks of your cholesterol, body mass index and other risk factors. These annual screenings are generally covered by your health plan with no out-of-pocket cost to you.
If your total cholesterol is too high, you can work with your doctor to lower it.
Your health plan’s website can help you find a doctor or health provider. The Wellness LiteBlue page has more information.