LDL cholesterol

A test that measures low-density lipoproteins (LDLs, also called "bad" cholesterol) in the blood; diabetes patients and patients diagnosed with high cholesterol should have this test at least annually.

LDL cholesterol level LDL cholesterol category
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal
100-129 mg/dL Near optimal/above optimal
130-159 mg/dL Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL High
190 mg/dL and above Very high