High Blood Cholesterol

Frequently Asked Questions

15. What is a desirable level for HDL (good) cholesterol level?

An HDL (good) cholesterol level more than 60 mg/dL is desirable for most people. Here are the ranges for HDL cholesterol levels. Do you know how your HDL cholesterol level compares?

HDL Cholesterol LevelCategory
Less than 40 mg/dLA major risk factor for heart disease
40 - 59 mg/dL The higher, the better
60 mg/dL and aboveConsidered protective against heart disease