Tests or Labs to Diagnose High Cholesterol – Patient Education

While it is important to see the total cholesterol value, the entire panel is needed to appreciate the whole cholesterol picture and the extent of any problem. The values are tested from a blood sample. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises having a blood test done to check cholesterol levels once every five years.

What is Tested




Total Cholesterol Less than 200 mg/dL 200-239 mg/dL 240 mg/dl and over
Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) Less than 100 mg/dL 100-159 mg/dL 160-189 mg/dL
High Density Lipoproteins (HDL)(protective) 60 mg/dL or higher 40-60 mg/dL 40 mg/dL or less
Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dL 150-200 mg/dL 200 mg/dL and above