Higher the better
-c traditionally has a lower level in men of 40 mg/dl and 50 mg/dl in women.
But generally, the higher the better. The problem is that our current therapies (lifestyle and drugs) have minimal to modest impact on raising hdl-c. Future agents may be more effective, but the proof of improved outcome will be needed. Plus, all hdl-c may not be alike, some more functional than others.