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What is normal range for cholesterol?

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The desired amount of total cholesterol is 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood or less, according to MedlinePlus. The American Heart Association recommends 180 milligrams per deciliter or less.

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What is normal range for cholesterol?
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Increasing HDL cholesterol levels above 60 milligrams per deciliter and lowering LDL cholesterol levels below 100 milligrams per deciliter reduces the risk of heart disease, states MedlinePlus. Weight, age, gender and physical activity as well as major risk factors such as cigarette smoking and high blood pressure affect cholesterol levels. The AHA also notes that genetics and diabetes affect HDL levels. MedlinePlus recommends special diets, medications and increasing physical activity to lower total cholesterol.

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