Posted by: raffie | 2009-03-17

cholesterol levels

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what are the normal levels of cholesterol and what is high cholesterol levels?



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Dear Raffie
Normal lipid levels are:
Total cholesterol less than or equal to 5mmol/L
LDL Cholesterol less than or equal to 3mmol/L
HDL Cholesterol greater than or equal to 1.2mmol/L
Triglycerides less than or equal to 1.5mmol/L

If the levels are higher than these figures, or lower than 1.2 in HDL cholesterol, you have abnormal cholesterol levels. It is bad for you as high LDL-cholesterol levels cause cholesterol build up in the walls of arteries. This build-up of cholesterol leads to narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart and causes slower blood flow to the heart. It can even block arteries completely, causing a heart attack.
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