Normal Cholesterol - What Does That Mean? Do You Have To Maintain It To Stay Healthy?
What is the normal level of cholesterol?
There are a lot of mysteries surrounding it, but it's important to really understand what it means. In the 1960s the normal range was 200 to 300. Now it is 180 to 250 and there is indication to lower it to 150 to 200.
What is important is not the numbers. It is the homocylstine in the blood that you should watch out for.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver. It also produces bile acids to help with the digestion of fat. It builds and repairs cells, and produces hormones. Normal cholesterol (level) is important for the body to function properly. However, too much of it becomes a risk as it can clog up arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes.
When levels of it and the other blood fat known as triglycerides become too high, fatty deposits will build up in the arteries walls, known as plaques. After a period your blood vessels because of plaque build up will narrow your arteries. This process will hinder blood flow, leading to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
When arteries around the heart are narrowed the heart is unable to get the oxygen-rich blood it requires, coronary artery disease develops. This increases the chance of a heart attack. Decreased blood flow to the brain will lead to stroke. Therefore, it is important to maintain normal cholesterol levels with a low cholesterol diet.
Maintaining Normal Range of Cholesterol Levels Naturally Is A Healthier Choice Than Taking Drugs
It's important to maintain normal levels to help prevent heart disease, which is the number one killer of both men and women.
In the United States there are approximately
107 million adults who have total cholesterol of 200mg/dL
and 36.6 millions have levels of 240 or higher at which point it could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease (CVD).
Heart Health : What Is the Normal Range for Cholesterol?
If you currently have or developing heart disease, you should even more concern with the LDL level.
Total Cholesterol Level
Healthy level -- Below 200 mg/dL
Borderline high -- 200-239 mg/dL
High -- 240 mg/dL and above
LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
100-129 mg/dL -- Healthy level
130-159 mg/dL -- Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL -- High
HDL (Good) Cholesterol
Below 40 mg/dL -- Not healthy
50-59 mg/dL -- Good
60 mg/dL and above -- Desirable
Good levels help prevent the arteries from becoming clogged. This is because HDL cholesterol clean up LDL in the blood and deliver to the liver for processing and final disposal.
People should have a clearer understanding about normal cholesterol levels to prevent heart disease.
Raise their HDL, and lower their LDL.
At the same time, they should balance their HDL LDL ratio by opting for a healthy diet, and starting an exercise program.
Please watch the video below for a clearer understanding about what normal cholesterol is all about....