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Improving Your Lipid (Cholesterol) Level (6196)

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Improving Your Lipid (Cholesterol) Level

Know your cholesterol numbers and
what they mean. This is important to
prevent heart attacks, strokes, and
blocked arteries in your heart, neck,
and legs. This handout explains what
they are. It also gives you ideas about
what you can do to maintain healthy
levels. Below is a table with the
recommended values for each part of
your lipids.

 LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
is bad cholesterol. It builds up
in the arteries of the body. To
lower your LDL cholesterol
o Take your medicines
o Eat foods low in
saturated fat, trans-fat,
and cholesterol

 Triglycerides (a form of fat)
come from food and are made
by the body. To lower your
triglycerides levels
o Exercise
o Lose weight
o Manage your blood sugar
levels

Decrease your intake of simple
sugars, starches, alcohol, and
saturated fats. Replace these types of
food with whole grains and
unsaturated fats from plants and fish.
This will also help lower
triglycerides.

 HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
is good cholesterol. To
increase your HDL level
o Take your medicines
o Exercise.
o Lose weight
o Stop smoking

 Total Cholesterol is no longer
used by itself to predict heart
disease risk.







Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright 8/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing HF#6196

For patients without known heart or blood vessel disease


















For patients with heart and/or vascular disease (previous heart attack, stroke,
clogged arteries, DVT, or PE)

Optimal Normal High
Total
Cholesterol
Less than 160 - -
LDL
Cholesterol
Less than 70 Less than 100 -
Triglycerides Less than 100 Less than 150 -
HDL
Cholesterol

Men

Women

-



45 or greater

55 or greater


-



Optimal Normal High
Total Cholesterol Less than 160 Less than 200 200 or greater
LDL Cholesterol Less than 100 Less than 130 130 or greater
Triglycerides Less than 100 Less than 150 150 or greater
HDL Cholesterol
Men

Women

-

45 or greater

55 or greater

-