LDL (Bad Cholesterol)

Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) transport one half to two thirds of all blood cholesterol to various body tissues.  This test is a component of the Heart Health Profile.  A certain amount of LDL cholesterol (up to 130) is normal. But when the level increases, LDL promotes plaque development on the walls of the coronary arteries, slowing the flow of blood and sometimes blocking the artery entirely. Levels of 130-160 are considered borderline high and levels of 160 or higher are definitely abnormal and should be reduced with rigorous diet, other lifestyle changes, and/or with drug therapy.

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Controversies are now surfacing on the danger of having LDL blood levels which are too low. The relation to some type of cancers and other diseases have been noticed with LDL levels reduced below 90 and closer to 50. Therefore is unclear today how safe is to lower your LDL blood level. A safer level seems to be between 90-130 and should be associated with an increase in the HDL levels. >>more info