Cholesterol levels

About your cholesterol result

Check what your cholesterol levels should be

A cholesterol test can measure:

When you get your result, you may just be told your total cholesterol.

You might be able to get separate results for your good and bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and your total cholesterol to HDL ratio. Ask your doctor or nurse.

This is just a guide. The levels you should aim for might be different. Ask your doctor or nurse what your levels should be.

Result Healthy level (mmol/L)
Total cholesterol 5 or below
HDL (good cholesterol) 1 or above
Non-HDL (bad cholesterol) 4 or below
Fasting triglycerides (when you're asked not to eat for several hours before the test) 1.7 or below
Non-fasting triglycerides (when you eat as normal before the test) 2.3 or below
Total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio 6 or below

Page last reviewed: 24 June 2022
Next review due: 24 June 2025