What is HDL Cholesterol?
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is a type of cholesterol often referred to as good cholesterol. Total cholesterol is made up of several types of cholesterol, but all fall into two main categories – HDL and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). A balance between healthy and unhealthy cholesterol is best. HDL works to reduce levels of LDL by pulling it along to a place in the body where it can be processed and used in a healthy manner. Low HDL values could mean the patient is at increased risk of heart disease.
Normal Value Range
- Negative Pregnancy Adult: 40 to 60 mg/dL or 1.04 to 1.55 µmol/L
- Pregnancy Trimester One: 40 to 78 mg/dL or 1.04 to 2.02 µmol/L
- Pregnancy Trimester Two: 52 to 87 mg/dL or 1.35 to 2.25 µmol/L
- Pregnancy Trimester Three: 48 to 87 mg/dL or 1.24 to 2.25 µmol/L