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What is borderline high cholesterol?

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Has your doctor told you that you have "borderline" high cholesterol? That means your cholesterol level is above normal, but not quite in the "high" range yet.

You have borderline high cholesterol if your total cholesterol is between 200 and 239 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

Your doctor will also consider other things, like how much of your total cholesterol is LDL ("bad") cholesterol and how much of it is HDL ("good") cholesterol.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC."

CDC: “Cholesterol Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Top 5 Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Cholesterol,” “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of High Cholesterol.”

Chai, S. The FASEB Journal, April 2011.

Alvarez-Suarez, J. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, March 2014.

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC."

CDC: “Cholesterol Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Top 5 Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Cholesterol,” “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of High Cholesterol.”

Chai, S. The FASEB Journal, April 2011.

Alvarez-Suarez, J. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, March 2014.

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

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