Chart showing lipid profile normal and abnormal fasting values in mg/dL and mmol/L

Total cholesterol

DesirableBelow 200 mg/dLBelow 5.2 mmol/L
Borderline high200-239 mg/dL5.2-6.2 mmol/L
High240 mg/dL and aboveAbove 6.2 mmol/L

 LDL cholesterol

Ideal for those with heart and diabetesBelow 70 mg/dLBelow 1.8 mmol/L
Optimal for those at riskBelow 100 mg/dLBelow 2.6 mmol/L
Optimal100-129 mg/dL2.6-3.3 mmol/L
Borderline130-159 mg/dL3.4-4.1 mmol/L
High160-189 mg/dL4.1-4.9 mmol/L
Very high190 mg/dL and aboveAbove 4.9 mmol/L

HDL cholesterol

DesirableBelow 40 mg/dlBelow 1 mmol/L
Good40 to 59 mg/dl1 to 1.5 mmol/L
Very good60 mg/dl and aboveAbove 1.5 mmol/L


DesirableBelow 150 mg/dL


Below 1.7 mmol/L
Borderline150-199 mg/dl1.7-2.2 mmol/L
High200-499 mg/dl2.3-5.6 mmol/L
Too high500 mg/dl and aboveAbove 5.6 mmol/L