How high may my cholesterol be?

Whether high cholesterol levels are in need of treatment or not depends on the individual risk factors. And about who you ask. Large parts of the medical profession, especially those who are in closer contact with the pharmaceutical industry, represent the official recommendations that we present below.

An increasing number of critics, however, counter that that the risk of heart attack or stroke was overestimated by high cholesterol (possibly also of commercial interest), so you would set the thresholds for treatment higher.

Otherwise you have no risks for vascular calcification or cardiovascular diseases, is now dispensed by many doctors rather on a drug treatment and the value only controlled.

Ideal: total cholesterol below 200 mg / dl

The situation is different in people with pronounced risk factors (overweight, lack of exercise, hypertension, diabetes, etc.) or people who already have heart disease. There is a fundamental need to keep cholesterol levels as low as possible.

But there are straightening or target values. Thus, a total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg / dL (below 5.2 mmol / L) is desirable. Up to 240 mg / dl (up to 6.2 mmol / l), the cholesterol level is considered borderline. Values ​​above are considered high.

Cholesterol basic structure How high is the cholesterol level?

The "good" and the "bad" cholesterol

The risk profile also includes the so-called lipo-proteins. These are the proteins that transport cholesterol in the blood. There are several of these, "good" and "bad". And why good and bad? Because they carry some dangerous cholesterol with them, others more useful. The "good ones" are the high-density lipoproteins (HDL). The "bad" ones are those with low density (low density lipoprotein, LDL).

And these are the guidelines:

  • If you have no other risk factors, the LDL cholesterol level may be up to 160 mg / dL (4.1 mmol / L).
  • In the presence of risk factors for atherosclerosis, the LDL should be less than 130 mg / dL (3.4 mmol / L).
  • In people who already have a vascular disease, an LDL cholesterol level of less than 100 mg / dl (2.6 mmol / l) should be sought.
  • HDL cholesterol should generally be above 40 mg / dL (1.0 mmol / L).

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Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn

Do you have your own experiences or a different opinion? Then write a comment (please observe rules).
Comments (19)
LP (a)
19 Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:40
Not only have I had elevated LDL levels since the early '40s (currently around 180), but also had extremely elevated lipoprotein 2 years ago (a). That should be much more dangerous than elevated cholesterol. Lysine, omega 3, niacin, and vitamin C lowered LP (a) from 135 to 99.
Incidentally, my mother was nearly 96 years old with a total cholesterol level of around 500, but had a stroke at age 86.
Statins prophylactic
18 Saturday, 07. October 2017 at 19:33
Have spoken with neurologists in my circle of friends, showed you my values. These advised against statins. Take linseed oil daily, I'm doing really well, as recommended by a neurologist. Without side effect !!! Cholesterol is not the sole culprit in e.g. Heart attack.
17 Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:34
Heinz Hirsch
I can only recommend to read the book "Myth Cholesterol"
16 Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 16:28
was yesterday for blood sampling regarding cholesterol, LDL, HDL etc., all values ​​in the normal range. Should prophylactic continue to take statins? Now wait for an opinion of a OA of a clinic.
Cholesterol and statins
15 Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:31
my family doctor registered a cholesterol value of 236 with me, I have also seen this. However, I got no numbers called regarding LDL u. HDL, etc. Statins were prescribed immediately. For the first few weeks I did not feel well at all, nightmares that I never had in my 45 years of work. After that it went better, but it took half a year. I myself have been working in nursing for more than 22 years, but I still have contact with doctors in the clinic.
A tip would be, every day a spoon of pure olive oil. Probably not every HA holds something of it, because the pharmaceutical industry earns millions in the sale of statins. That's enough in the media.
14 Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 13:41
My cholesterol has risen steadily over the last few years, despite a very healthy diet, no alcohol, no smoking, lots of exercise. I eat no butter, no cream, no ice cream, lots of fruit and vegetables, little meat, only sin is cheese, which I love very much. Nevertheless, I am currently at a total cholesterol level of 390, HDL 79 and must start with statins. That is probably undisputed, or is there any contrary views?
Flab in the eye by colesterin
13 Friday, 04. November 2016 at 11:49
Dr. J. anger
Hall Ralf,
Such flab in the face are nothing unusual. They can be caused by high cholesterol and are called xanthelasma. Take a look at the internet for pictures, if that looks like it.
But there are also many other causes of such skin symptoms, which can not be judged from a distance.
Recommendation: Show a doctor on site.
Best regards
Dr. J. anger
12 Thursday, 03. November 2016 at 20:14
Ralf Zick
With my eyelids form small, I tell times Fettpölsterchen, now one tells me that comes from excess cholesterol, is that so?
11 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 19:55
My cholesterol value 7.9. Is that high?
Determine HDL and LDL
10 Monday, 17 October 2016 07:37
Navigator editors
Hello Mrs. Ratzka,
Your HDL and LDL cholesterol level can only be determined by your doctor. He should do that too, at least now and then. Talk to him about it.
Best regards
Your navigator team
total cholesterol
9 Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 16:09
Ratzka Renate
Hi good afternoon,
You write, ideal is a total cholesterol value of less than 200 mg / dl, my internist always measures only my total cholesterol, have 248th How do I know now, what value my two values ​​have, the good and the bad? My e-mail: [email protected]
8 Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11:36
According to Wikipedia and other statistics, the average (2800 subjects, age-aware) LDL is 240 + -40. How does the goal of 200 come about?
Question about total cholesterol
7 Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 09:47
What happens if the total cholesterol value is over 200 and is made up of 70 HDL and 146 LDL?
how high may my cholesterol be?
6 Thursday, 18 February 2016 at 15:44
"An increasing number of critics, however, counter that the risk of heart attack or stroke was overestimated by high cholesterol (possibly also of commercial interest)"
I can only advise all those affected about medications that lower cholesterol. I tragically lost my nephew at the age of 21, because doctors said medications were not necessary. Result: clogged blood vessels in the heart. He just did not wake up in the morning.
Conversion of mg / dl in mmol
5 Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 08:47
Navigator Team
Hello Seriously,

but, the values ​​are right. They are rounded up or down, but everything is correct. What value do you consider wrong?

Best regards
Dr. J. anger
mmol / l values
4 Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm
The given mmol / l values ​​do not seem to be correctly converted from mg / dl.
3 Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 17:42
I do 3/4 hours of sports every day. LDL 199, total cholesterol 285. My doctor does not want to diagnose HDL, because protective effect would be controversial.
so easy not to answer
2 Thursday, 02. July 2015 at 14:16
Editorial office navigator medicine
Hello Lucie,

no, rather not. But that's also difficult to say, as nervousness can be due to many other things. Also on some medications, unhealthy diet, and much more. So if you feel uneasy, cholesterol is most likely not to blame, more likely to be the concomitants (high blood pressure, heart problems, stress?).

All the best and kind regards
Your Navigator editor
Questions about cholesterol
1 Thursday, 02. July 2015 at 11:00
Can the increase in cholesterol also be associated with restless or nervous states?