Data

Average HDL cholesterol levels

What you should know about this indicator

Definition

Mean total cholesterol, mean high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and mean non-HDL cholesterol of defined population in mmol/l. Desirable individual levels are: Total cholesterol <5.0 mmol/L

Method of estimation

1,127 population-based studies that measured blood lipids in 102.6 million individuals aged 18 years and older were used to estimate mean total trends of HDL and non-HDL cholesterol from 1980 to 2018. Most studies in the analysis measured total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol, from which non-HDL cholesterol can be calculated through subtraction. non-HDL cholesterol predicts IHD risk as well as low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and can be measured at a lower cost. More information on input and data methods is available at: NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Repositioning of the global epicentre of non-optimal cholesterol. Nature 582, 73–77 (2020).

Average HDL cholesterol levels
Mean total cholesterol, mean high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and mean non-HDL cholesterol of defined population in mmol/l. Desirable individual levels are: Total cholesterol <5.0 mmol/L
Source
World Health Organization - Global Health Observatory (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
January 3, 2024
Next expected update
January 2025
Date range
1980–2018

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The GHO data repository is WHO's gateway to health-related statistics for its 194 Member States. It provides access to over 1000 indicators on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others.

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January 3, 2024
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World Health Organization. 2024. Global Health Observatory data repository. http://www.who.int/gho/en/. Accessed on 2024-01-03

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World Health Organization - Global Health Observatory (2024) – processed by Our World in Data. “Average HDL cholesterol levels” [dataset]. World Health Organization, “Global Health Observatory” [original data]. Retrieved July 15, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/good-cholesterol-levels-age-standardized