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Not sure what your cholesterol levels mean? Want to know how your cholesterol levels can increase your risk for heart disease? Use this calculator to check if your cholesterol levels are within normal range and learn more about ‘good’ cholesterol and ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Cholesterol Risk Calculator

Why is it important to test your cholesterol level?
Generally, raised levels of cholesterol do not give rise to any symptoms. But the fact is that rise in cholesterol in the blood increases your risk for heart disease. So if you are over the age of 30 years, it is important to start checking your cholesterol levels. However if you have a family history of heart disease this check should start at the age of 20 years. The bad cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart attack and stroke.

Cholesterol Test (Lipid Profile Test)
This test is done to check your cholesterol level by drawing the blood sample after an overnight fast. It measures total cholesterol, the ‘good’ cholesterol or HDL cholesterol (also called high density lipoprotein), and the two bad cholesterol - LDL cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. If you have taken the test recently, enter the result values in the table below to calculate your risk for heart disease.

Enter the Details
Ethnicity*
Sex* Male   Female
Age*
Select the unit* mg/dl   mmol/L
Total blood Cholesterol*
LDL Cholesterol*
HDL Cholesterol*
Triglycerides*
* Mandatory
Optimal / DesirableNear optimalBorderline high riskHigh riskVery high risk
Total blood cholesterolBelow 200200 to 239Above 239
LDL cholesterolBelow 100100 to 129130 to 159160 to 189Above 189
HDL cholesterolAbove 59Below 40
TriglycerideBelow 150150 to 199200 to 499Above 499
* All values are in milligram/decilitre (mg/dl)

Facts about Cholesterol

Major portion of the cholesterol is produced by the liver.
The main functions of cholesterol are:
  • Maintaining healthy cell walls
  • Producing sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone), bile juice and vitamin D
Cholesterol level is affected by age, gender and heredity. Other factors include diet, weight and physical activity.
Increased cholesterol level raises the risks of heart disease and stroke.
Not all the cholesterol is bad. We do have good cholesterol in our body. HDL cholesterol is considered as good cholesterol as it helps in removing bad cholesterol and prevents our heart from coronary artery disease.
World Health Organization has estimated that an increase in the level of cholesterol causes 2.6 million deaths and 29.7 million disability adjusted life years (DALY - a measure of overall disease burden showing the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death).

References

  • http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/atp3full.pdf
  • http://www.who.int/gho/ncd/risk_factors/cholesterol_text/en/index.html
  • http://www.ressac.org/cholesterol-advantages-and-disadvantages.html

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