Clinical Test Results

Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure, the force of which your blood flows through your arteries, is an important factor of your heart health. From your results, the top number represents your blood pressure when the heart contracts (systolic), while the bottom number represents your blood pressure when your heart is at rest between beats (diastolic). The following numbers will help you determine if you have a healthy blood pressure.

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Classification
Systolic Reading  Diastolic Reading
Less than 120  Less than 80
120-139 80-89
Hypertension 1
140-159  90-99
Hypertension 2
160+ 100+

Reduce Blood Pressure

To reduce your blood pressure, reduce your diet's sodium intake and avoid saturated and trans fat. Instead of fats, eat a well-rounded diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Exercise also helps to treat and prevent high blood pressure. Other factors that may be contributing to high blood pressure include high levels of stress and anxiety, alcohol, and tobacco. View more information on high blood pressure.

Blood Cholesterol Levels

Your total cholesterol levels make up both HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterols. HDL cholesterol protects you from heart disease by removing plaque and bad cholesterol in your bloodstream. LDL cholesterol is harmful and builds up with plaque in your arteries to cause heart disease. Your total cholesterol level is your HDL plus LDL. The following numbers show desirable ranges for HDL, LDL, and total blood cholesterol according to the American Heart Association.

HDL Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol Classification
Cholesterol Level
High Risk
Less than 40
Lower Risk
 Optimal (protective) 60 and above 

LDL Cholesterol Levels

LDL Classification
 Cholesterol Level
< 100 mg / dL
Near / Above Optimal
100 - 129 mg / dL
Borderline High
130 - 159 mg / dL
160 - 189 mg / dL
Very High
> 190 mg / dL

Total Cholesterol Levels

Total Cholesterol Classification
Cholesterol Levels
< 200 mg / dL
Borderline High
200 - 239 mg / dL
240 mg / dL and above

Factors that negatively effect your cholesterol levels include inactivity, poor diet, and stress. Learn more about cholesterol.


Triglycerides are the "bad fats" from foods and are harmful to the body. A high level of triglycerides, in combination with high LDL cholesterol, substantially increases the risk of heart disease. The range of triglycerides, as described by the American Heart Association, is detailed below.

Triglyceride Levels

 Triglyceride Classification
Triglyceride Level
< 100 mg / dL
< 150 mg / dL
Borderline High
150 - 199 mg / dL
200 - 499 mg / dL
Very High
> 500 mg / dL

You can control your triglyceride levels by maintaining a healthy weight (losing 5% to 10% of your body weight can greatly improve triglyceride levels), avoiding trans and saturated fats, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. View more information about triglycerides.

Blood Glucose

Chronically high levels of blood glucose put you at risk for developing type II diabetes, which is when the body develops insulin resistance. The ranges for your fasting blood glucose levels are below.

Blood Glucose Levels

Blood Glucose Classification
Blood Pressure Level
Normal 70 - 100 mg / dL
100 - 125 mg / dL
126 mg / dL or above

Following normal dietary and exercise guidelines can help to maintain healthy blood glucose ranges. To decrease unhealthy blood glucose levels, the American Diabetes Association recommends exercising more frequently and cutting down your meal portions. However, you should consult your doctor if you think you may be at risk for diabetes.

Find more information on diabetes and blood glucose and take a short Type II Diabetes Risk Test.