What is normal cholesterol in Canada?
A simple blood test can determine your cholesterol levels. Health Canada suggests the following as guidelines for cholesterol levels: Total cholesterol: less than 5.2 millimoles per litre (mmol/L) Is ideal and more than 6.2 mmol/L is considered high.
A typical level of HDL-C is between 40-50 mg/dL (1.0-1.3 mmol/L) for men and between 50-59 mg/dl (1.3-1.5 mmol/L) for women and is associated with average risk of heart disease. Based on many epidemiologic studies, HDL-C of 60 mg/dL (1.55 mmol/L) or higher is associated with a less than average risk of heart disease.
- 1. Eat heart-healthy foods
- Choose healthier fats. Saturated fats, found primarily in red meat and dairy products, raise your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol.
- Eliminate trans fats.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Increase soluble fiber.
- Add whey protein.
- If your total cholesterol is high, you have twice the risk for heart disease as a person with normal total cholesterol. Here is the adult range for HDL cholesterol: Normal: 35 to 65 mg/dL for men, 35 to 80 mg/dL for women.
- The National Cholesterol Education Program suggests that total blood cholesterol level should be: < 200 mg/dL normal blood cholesterol. 200-239 mg/dL borderline-high. > 240 mg/dL high cholesterol.
But too much increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease, making high cholesterol a silent epidemic in the Western world. An ideal cholesterol level would be a total that is below 5 mmol/l - the lower the better. The UK average is a slightly elevated 5.4 and anything above is deemed high.
- There is compelling evidence that your level of stress can cause an increase in bad cholesterol indirectly. For example, one study found that stress is positively linked to having less healthy dietary habits, a higher body weight, and a less healthy diet, all of which are known risk factors for high cholesterol.
- Desirable levels of LDL cholesterol are under 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), and non-HDL cholesterol of under 130 mg/dL. These are the numbers to aim for. In addition, HDL should be above 40 mg/dL for men, and above 50 mg/dL for women.
Total cholesterol (U.S. and some other countries) Total cholesterol* (Canada and most of Europe) Below 200 mg/dL Below 5.2 mmol/L Desirable 200-239 mg/dL 5.2-6.2 mmol/L Borderline high 240 mg/dL and above Above 6.2 mmol/L High
Updated: 2nd October 2019