Guideline for the treatment of cholesterol depend upon the risk
factors that the person has. Risk
factors are a family history of heart disease, high
blood pressure, male >45 yrs or female >55 yrs, diabetes (counts as two risk factors), smoking and obesity. Someone at low risk should have a goal LDL cholesterol less than 130 and should be on a special diet if LDL is greater than 160 and on medication if it is greater than 190.