Is total cholesterol 227 extremely high? Do I need medication?

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Total blood cholesterol is used to measure the risks for heart disease. If the value is 200 or less, it is usually considered normal, and if the value is higher than 240, it is considered high.

227 is not extremely high. Don't worry, you might be able to lower your cholesterol by having healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercising, quitting smoking. If necessary, you can ask help from your doctor.
The normal range of cholesterol is <200, and a reading of 200-239 is borderline high. Your reading is at the borderline.

For now, you can lower your cholesterol level without medications by limiting the intake of fatty foods and exercising.
Total cholesterol levels less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are considered desirable for adults.

A reading between 200 and 239 mg/dL is considered borderline high and a reading of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high.

You can reduce and prevent high levels in the future through diet, exercise, and weight management. Another option is drug therapies that either lower cholesterol or reduce the absorption of cholesterol.

At any age, diets low in saturated fats and trans fats and high in soluble fibers and protein are good for lowering cholesterol buildup.