We know that too much Cholesterol is bad, but how do we know what too much is? Before we get to that, it is worth distinguishing the different kinds of cholesterol:
LDL (Bad Cholesterol). Low-density lipoprotein is the type of cholesterol that builds up and creates a blockage in the patient’s arteries.
HDL (Good Cholesterol). High-density Lipoprotein serves to absorb and transport cholesterol back to the liver, causing the removal of said cholesterol from the body.
Non-HDL. The sum of a patient’s total cholesterol count minus the total amount of HDL cholesterol in the patient’s blood.
Total Cholesterol. This simply refers to the totality of a patient’s cholesterol count in the blood, including LDL and HDL.
Normal Range of Cholesterol levels
Now, what is the normal range of cholesterol levels in blood? A normal or healthy cholesterol range differs based on one’s sex and age. Also, cholesterol numbers are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). In summary, any patient’s Cholesterol levels may be considered as normal if the cholesterol numbers are within the following ranges:
Individuals aged 19 or below, regardless of sex: