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What cholesterol levels help lower your risk of heart disease?

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You're less likely to get heart disease when you have:

To help reach these numbers, eat a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and refined sugars and high in fiber.

  • Total cholesterol under 200
  • HDL ("good") cholesterol level above 40
  • LDL ("bad") cholesterol level below 160
  • Triglycerides below 150

SOURCES:

CDC: "Heart Disease Risk Factors."

Womenshealth.gov: "Heart Health and Stroke."

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Heart Disease Risk Factors."

Womenshealth.gov: "Heart Health and Stroke."

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 30, 2019

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