When we say that a person’s cholesterol level has to be kept under check, we actually refer to the LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood stream. The abnormal levels of these two components increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, arteries blockage, stroke and heart attack.
The total blood cholesterol level is considered normal if it is less than 200 mg/dL. This includes the LDL, HDL and also triglycerides together. The individual is generally warned if the reading is between 200 and 239 mg/dL. If the total cholesterol content exceeds 240 mg/dL, the person is at a high risk of heart related diseases.
The reading of HDL, LDL and triglycerides are to be observed. HDL refers to the desirable cholesterol level and is better if the reading is higher. HDL levels should not be less than 50 mg/dL for women. The ideal range is between 50 - 60 mg/dL. If the reading is more than 60 mg/dL, the person is at an extremely safe zone and is not highly prone to heart diseases.
Similarly, LDL levels should read lower than 100 mg/dL. If the reading is above 160 mg/dL, the person increases the risk of diseases related to heart. Very high risk is for women with LDL cholesterol reading higher than 190 mg/dL.
Triglyceride reading should be ideally lesser than 150 mg/dL. Readings above 500 mg/dL are highly risky for women. Generally, people whose triglyceride levels are abnormal have high LDL and low HDL cholesterol content which is not desirable for the healthy functioning of the body.
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