Non-HDL: Reference Range

Non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) is the total amount of cholesterol contained in lipoproteins other than high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

The test of non-HDL-C is intended to help determine your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and monitor your treatment.

Refrence Range for Adults

According to National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), if a person has no other risk factors, a non-HDL level can be evaluated as follows:

  • Optimal:                       Less than 130 mg/dL (3.37 mmol/L)
  • Near/above optimal: 130-159 mg/dL (3.37-4.12mmol/L)
  • Borderline high:         160-189 mg/dL (4.15-4.90 mmol/L)
  • High:                             190-219 mg/dL (4.9-5.7 mmol/L)
  • Very high:                     Greater than 220 mg/dL (5.7 mmol/L)

Refrence Range for Youths

Children and Teens

Test for Total Cholesterol

  • Acceptable: Less than 170 mg/dL (4.40 mmol/L)
  • Borderline: 170-199 mg/dL (4.40-5.14 mmol/L)
  • High:            Greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL (5.17 mmol/L)

Test for non-HDL

  • Acceptable: Less than 120 mg/dL (3.11 mmol/L)
  • Borderline: 120-144 mg/dL (3.11-3.73 mmol/L)
  • High:            Greater than or equal to 145 mg/dL (3.76 mmol/L)
Young Adults

Test for Total Cholesterol

  • Aceeptable: Less than 190 mg/dL (4.91 mmol/L)
  • Borderline: 190-224 mg/dL (4.91-5.79 mmol/L)
  • High:            Greater than or equal to 225 mg/dL (5.81 mmol/L)

Test for non-HDL

  • Aceeptable: Less than 150 mg/dL (3.89 mmol/L)
  • Borderline: 150-189 mg/dL (3.89-4.90 mmol/L)
  • High:            Greater than or equal to 190 mg/dL (4.92 mmol/L)

Low levels of non-HDL-C are not usually a cause for concern and do not require monitoring. This state might occur in hyperthyroidism, liver diseases or inherited deficiency of lipoproteins.


Keywords: non-HDL; non-HDL-C; Non-High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

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