What Is the Perfect Cholesterol Level for Every Age Group?


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The perfect total cholesterol level is below 200 milligrams per deciliter says WebMD. In addition, the cholesterol ratio also needs to be referenced because if the number is high because of a high level of low-density lipoproteins, then there is more need for concern.

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The cholesterol ratio is determined by the amount of low-density lipoproteins compared to the number of high-density lipoproteins says WebMD. Thus, a four to one ratio would mean four milligrams per deciliter of low density lipoproteins to every one milligram per deciliter of high density lipoproteins. If the total cholesterol level is high because of a low level of high density lipoproteins, then there is not as much need for concern.

Low-density lipoprotein is also known as bad cholesterol says WebMD. If this level of bad cholesterol is too high, then there is a possibility that the walls of the arteries may be damaged because of the excess buildup of low-density lipoproteins. This buildup is known as plaque, and it can cause a hardening and narrowing of the arteries; this situation is known as atherosclerosis. Plaque can produce a blood clot, which may cause an artery to be blocked. This causes a stroke or a heart attack.

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