Cholesterol Advice

Normal Levels of Cholesterol

It’s very important to maintain normal levels of cholesterol in your body for a healthy cardiovascular life. The level of cholesterol more than the normal range, poses a great cardiac risk. The normal level of blood cholesterol is counted per deciliter of blood. Generally, the cholesterol metabolism in the body by the liver is enough to produce the required amount of it needed by the body. The high stratum of cholesterol can be controlled by various methods for reducing the vulnerability of cardiovascular diseases.

The incrimination of the high cholesterol ratio in the blood is due to the external intake, improper lifestyle, and smoking and the ultimate result is clogged arteries. The intake of high cholesterol food increases the cholesterol absorption in the body from the intestine. The lipoproteins carrying them in the form of LDL encourage high level of cholesterol in the body. The increase of LDL cholesterol above normal range increases the risk of heart attack, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular ailments, pressure stroke, cerebral vascular disease, obesity, diabetics and fatigue. The normal levels of cholesterol accepted by medical science are as follows.

Overall level for LDL fats:  

   * The optimal level is less than 100 mg/dl.
   * Normal level lies between 100 mg/dl to 129 mg/dl.
   * The borderline of it lies between 130 mg/dl to 159 mg/dl.
   * The high level is between 160 mg/dl to 189 mg/dl.
   * More than 190 mg/dl is definitely very high and you are at maximum risk.

If on one hand, the increase in LDL level is a risk factor then on the other hand, the decrease of HDL level is also a matter of concern.

The over-all level of HDL lipoproteins:
 
    * More than 60 mg/dl is the normal range.
    * Less than 40 mg/dl is the risk range.

Thus, from the above mentioned levels, it is found that the normal range of LDL cholesterol in the body should be 100-150 mg/dl and the HDL level must be higher than 60 mg/dl.