Cholesterol levels charts

Cholesterol levels at times can prove very hard to crack. This article gives you an insight of some of the most common cholesterol level charts and how you can effectively use them to check your cholesterol levels. The charts are a recommendation of the National Cholesterol Education Program in conjunction with the American Heart Association. They will clearly help you to identify it your cholesterol levels are risk or you are at the optimum required level.

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LDL cholesterol

LDL is an abbreviation of low density lipoprotein. It is in most medical applications referred to as bad cholesterol. LDL type of cholesterol tends to build up in the arteries thus making then to be very narrow thus inhibiting the flow of blood. It is a major causative agent of high blood pressure. This condition also exposes someone to the risk of stroke.

LDL CHOLESTEROL
>= 190 Very high
160-189 High
130-159 Moderate
100-129 Close to optimal
< 100 Optimal (Ideal)

HDL cholesterol

HDL stands for high density lipoprotein. It is also termed to as the good cholesterol. Unlike the LDL cholesterol which blocks the blood vessels, the HDL type of cholesterol helps to scour these blood passages thus making blood to flow easily. The HDL graph is as shown below

HDL CHOLESTEROL
>60 Optimal
40-59 Near Optimal (Normal levels)
< 40 Risky

Triglycerides

Triglycerides (TG) are at times confused with cholesterol. I will however tell you that these are two totally different aspects. The TG is also a variant of fat that is found in the body. You will probably get the test for TG in conjunction with your normal cholesterol level tests. TG increases the likelihood of blood clot. It therefore aggravates the possible risks of stroke and heart attack. TG is also known to significantly reduce the HDL or good cholesterol levels in the system. The figure below shows the chart for TG levels.

TRIGLYCERIDES
>=500 Too high
200-499 High
150-199 Moderate
< 150 Optimal level

Total cholesterol

Abbreviated as TC, total cholesterol refers a combination of HDL, LDL and VDL all added together. The chart below depicts this clearly.

TOTAL CHOLESTEROL
>= 240 High
200-239 Moderate
< 200 Optimal level

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