Different Types of Cholesterol
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:
|Total Cholesterol ||Less than 170mg/dL |
|Non-HDL ||Less than 120mg/dL |
|LDL ||Less than 100mg/dL |
|HDL ||More than 45mg/dL |
Men aged 20 or older: