Cholesterol Numbers Charts for Children and Adults— The Differences?

High cholesterol, means too much fatty substance in your body, doubling your risk of heart disease and strokes.

For a better health condition, you should keep your low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol , at a lower level and the high-density lipoproteins (HDL), “good” cholesterol, at a higher level.

Here are the cholesterol numbers charts for children and adults.

Cholesterol in adults

Cholesterol check every four to six years is recommended by the The American Heart Association if you are over 20 years old. As we get older,  our cholesterol levels are likely to rise. Compared with women, men are prone to suffer from the high cholesterol problems.
Here is the chart and all values are in mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

Total cholesterol HDL cholesterol LDL cholesterol Triglycerides
Good Less than 200 40 or higher Less than 100 Less than 149
Borderline 200–239 n/a 130–159 150–199
High 240 or higher n/a 160 or higher 200 or higher
Low n/a less than 40 n/a n/a

Cholesterol in children

In general, kids are less likely to have high cholesterol since they are active and eat almost balanced diet provided by the parents. But we do recommend a cholesterol check for those who are between 9 and 12 years old, and then again between ages 17 and 21.

Following are the recommended cholesterol levels for children according to NIH. All values are in mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

Total cholesterol HDL cholesterol LDL cholesterol Triglycerides
Good 170 or less 45 or higher 110 or less less than 75 in children 0–9; less than 90 in children 10–19
Borderline 170–199 40-45 110–129 75-99 in children 0–9; 90–129 in children 10–19
High 200 or higher n/a greater than 130 100 or more in children 0–9; 130 or more in children 10–19
Low n/a less than 40 n/a n/a

Lifestyle changes
No matter how old you are, the following changes can give you a better cholesterol level.

Exercise: Physical activity helps you lose weight and boosts your HDL levels. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes a day of moderate cardio.
More fiber: Replace white breads and pastas with whole grains.
Healthy fats: Olive oil, avocado, and nuts all have fats that won’t raise your LDL.
Limit cholesterol intake: Reduce the amount of high-saturated fat foods like cheese, whole milk, and high-fat red meats.
Quit smoking.


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