Cholesterol 18 mg/dL in your blood test results
You received your blood test result with a Cholesterol value of 18 mg/dL. This analysis helps you to check if your Cholesterol value is within normal range.
Your Cholesterol value of 18 mg/dL is way too low. A good Cholesterol is usually between 120 and 200 mg/dL.
Increase your Cholesterol by 102 mg/dL to be within normal range.
While low total cholesterol measurements are uncommon, low HDL levels occur more frequently and can increase a patient's risk of heart disease. Low HDL levels can be caused by these factors:
- Lack of physical activity
- Diet high in saturated fats
- Family history
Treatment & Medication
Low HDL levels are commonly treated by:
- Increasing physical activity
- Stopping smoking
- Decreasing saturated fat intake
Cholesterol blood test results typically consist of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), triglycerides and a total cholesterol reading. In high amounts, LDLs and triglycerides can contribute to cardiovascular disease. HDLs, commonly referred to as "good cholesterol, circulate through the bloodstream to keep arteries clean.
Previously, doctors have followed specific recommendations for cholesterol values for all patients. Today, doctors recommend regular blood tests to assess cholesterol and work with each patient to bring cholesterol levels to an appropriate range based on the patient's unique risk factors.