Normal versus optimal LDL Cholesterol levels

LDL (low density-lipoprotein) cholesterol is also called “bad” cholesterol. LDL can build up on the walls of your arteries and increase your chances of getting heart disease. LDL is measured as a part of a lipid profile, which is used to determine your risk for developing cardiovascular disease. LDL can usually be controlled through a combination of lifestyle changes.

The optimal “bad cholesterol” (LDL) level is 50 to 70.

Sources: Optimal low-density lipoprotein is 50 to 70 mg/dl: lower is better and physiologically normal.

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1 comment

  1. oxLDL is the villain and it means there is oxidative stress or inflammation. LDL is a symptom not the cause. The body is using cholesterol and calcium to repair leaks in the blood vessels caused by the oxidative stress or the inflammation. Studies have shown those with high LDL live longer. LDL is an antioxidant and is needed by almost every cell in the body. Studies have shown those with high cholesterol levels suffer less from diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and mental illness. Statins tip the scale in the other direction. Almost all cells in the body needs cholesterol.


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