What Is Good Cholesterol Ratio?

A waxy substance which is naturally found in fats or lipids present in the blood is termed as cholesterol. Cholesterol is beneficial for your body as it is used for the building up of the new cells whereas excessive levels of cholesterol can develop fatty deposits in the arteries of your body. This deposition restricts the flow of blood in the arteries which can result in a heart attack.

There are mainly two types of cholesterol in your body, good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered as good cholesterol and low density lipoprotein ( LDL) is considered as bad cholesterol. It is necessary to maintain the ideal levels of both in the body to avoid any kind of tragedy. In this article, we will be discussing the ideal levels of the cholesterol and also the ratio of good cholesterol in the body.

Ideal Levels Of Cholesterol In The Body:

In the chart below are mentioned the ideal levels of cholesterol for both the HDL and LDL. It is important for a person to maintain the level of LDL below 130 as excess of it can result in a heart attack.

Blood Cholesterol Type Desirable Borderline High High Risk
Total Blood Cholesterol < 200 200-240 > 240
LDL Cholesterol < 130 130-160 > 240
HDL Cholesterol > 50 50-35 < 35
Triglycerides < 150 150-500 > 500

Good Cholesterol Ratio:

The ratio of cholesterol is formed by taking the levels of both HDL and LDL cholesterol in consideration. The other type of cholesterol ratio can be by taking LDL and HDL in consideration. This means that two types of ratios HDL/LDL and LDL/HDL. The ratio of LDL/HDL is considered as the pure ratio as it is an indicator of the overall health of any person. Moreover, it is a better way to judge the cholesterol level in the body as compared to the ratio of total cholesterol/HDL. It is because the total cholesterol comprises of HDL, LDL and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein), so this ratio can be a bit confusing. The ratio of LDL/HDL comprises of only LDL level which is considered as bad cholesterol, to HDL which is considered as good cholesterol. The chart below will help explaining the things in a better way:

Level of Risk HDL/LDL Ratio LDL/HDL Ratio
Low risk 0.22 – 0.30 3.3 – 4.4
Average risk 0.14 – 0.22 4.5 – 7.0
Moderate risk 0.09 – 0.14 7.1 – 11.0
High risk 0.09 11.0

It can be concluded from the above given chart that a high of total cholesterol and low HDL increases the ratio, which is not good for health. On the other hand, a high level of HDL and a low level of LDL seem to lower the ratio of cholesterol, thus indicating healthy levels of cholesterol in the body. It is therefore a good cholesterol ratio.

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