What are high cholesterol levels?
It’s normal for cholesterol levels to rise slightly as you get older and women tend to have higher HDL than men. In the UK, the average total cholesterol level is 5.7mmol/l.
High cholesterol levels are considered:
- too high: between 5 and 6.4mmol/l
- very high: between 6.5 and 7.8mmol/l
- extremely high: above 7.8mmol/l
Doctors will also look at the ratio between your good and bad cholesterol, and whether you have any other risk factors like high blood pressure, being a smoker or having diabetes when they are deciding whether you’re at risk from cardiovascular disease. You might have high cholesterol but still be considered as at a low risk for heart disease because you have no family history or any other factors that put you at risk.