What is considered the normal range for cholesterol( LDL and HDL) and triglecerides?
How is triglecerides different from cholesterol as far as the difference in fats etc.
Total Cholesterol – Desirable level that puts you at lower risk for coronary heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher raises your risk.
HDL cholesterol – An HDL of 60 mg/dL and above is considered protective against heart disease.
LDL cholesterol – If you don’t have coronary heart disease or diabetes and have one or no risk factors, your LDL goal is less than 160 mg/dL. If you don’t have coronary heart disease or diabetes and have two or more risk factors, your LDL goal is less than 130 mg/dL. If you do have coronary heart disease or diabetes, your LDL goal is less than 100 mg/dL.
Triglyceride – Less than 150 mg/dL is normal.
Several clinical studies have shown that an unusually large number of people with coronary heart disease also have high levels of triglycerides in their blood, called hypertriglyceridemia. However, some people with this problem seem remarkably free from atherosclerosis (fatty buildups of plaque in arteries). Thus elevated triglycerides, which are often measured along with HDL and LDL cholesterol, may not directly cause atherosclerosis. But they may be linked to other abnormalities that speed its development. High triglycerides may result from other disease, such as untreated diabetes mellitus.
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