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Desirable Lipid Levels in Adults*

Desirable Lipid Levels in Adults*

Lipid

Desirable Level

Total cholesterol

Less than 200 mg/dL (5.1 mmol/L)†

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol

Less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol

More than 40 mg/dL (1 mmol/L)

Triglycerides

Less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

* These levels are a suggested guideline. Some people may need treatment even if their lipids are at these levels if they have risk factors or diseases such as coronary artery disease Overview of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Overview of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) or stroke Overview of Stroke .

† mg/dL = milligrams per deciliter of blood; mmol/L = millimoles per liter of blood.