What should my cholesterol level be?

Q: All of the info I read about cholesterol says it should be below 200. However, my navy flight surgeon from years ago who is now an alternative medicine doctor, says at my age (73), it should be 220, which it has been for years. He also says to stay away from aspirin and statins which I am taking. What do you think?

A: In a healthy adult, a total cholesterol level of less than 200 is considered good. Lower levels are recommended for people with certain diseases. For a more complete discussion on cholesterol levels click here. Whether or not you should take aspirin or statins depends on your overall health status and your risk for heart disease. This is a decision that should be made in consultation with your primary care physician.

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