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Is a total cholesterol level of 56 good or bad?

You may be wondering if a total cholesterol level of 56 is considered good or bad or if it's too high, too low, or normal.

According to Mayo Clinic, a total cholesterol level of 56 would be considered desirable for both adult men and women.

What is a good total cholesterol level?

According to Mayo Clinic, a desirable total cholesterol level is lower than 200 mg/dL for both men and women.

While rare, a total cholesterol level could be considered too low. However, there isn't yet a consensus among medical professionals on what would constitute such a level.

What is the formula for total cholesterol?

Total cholesterol is typically determined by the formula HDL level + LDL level + 20% of triglycerides level.

More information about a total cholesterol level of 56

A total cholesterol level of 56 may be written on a lab report as 56 mg/dL, or milligrams per deciliter. This means there would be 56 milligrams of total cholesterol per deciliter of blood. For reference, 1 deciliter is equal to 100 milliliters, or approximately 3.38 US fluid ounces.

How do you measure total cholesterol?

Total cholesterol is typically measured by a blood test ordered by your doctor. To get an accurate reading, you're typically asked to fast for at least 8 to 10 hours prior to the test.

You can also measure total cholesterol levels at home with a digital cholesterol meter. To use one, you typically prick a finger with a lancet or fingerstick, add a drop of blood to a test strip, and insert the strip into the meter. While convenient, the reliability of readings from at-home cholesterol meters is debated.

What medications treat high cholesterol?

The most common medications used to treat high cholesterol are statins. Statins block an enzyme in the liver called HMG-CoA reductase, which is responsible for making cholesterol. The most common statins are atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol XL), lovastatin (Altoprev), pitavastatin (Livalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor).

Less common drugs for reducing cholesterol levels are bile-acid-binding resins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, and PCSK9 inhibitors.

Disclaimer

The information on this page is intended to be an educational reference and is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you're having a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.