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Total normal levels of cholesterol should be under 200. 200 to 239 is borderline high; and 240 and higher is considered high.

LDL normal levels of cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, should be under 130. If it's between 160 and 189, it's high, and if it's 190 or more, it's very high.

HDL normal levels of cholesterol, should be over 40, and the higher, the better, because it helps protect against clogging of the arteries. The best would be to have it at about 60.

Triglycerides, another fatty substance that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, are too high if they're over 150.

The most important factor for normal levels of cholesterol is the cholesterol ratio. These numbers help tell us whether more cholesterol is being stored in our cells or else is being broken down and removed from our body. That's why you can see heart attacks in people that have low total cholesterol levels. Their HDL is low as well, and as a result their ratio is high.

To determine these ratios for yourself, simply divide your total cholesterol and LDL numbers by your HDL number.

The normal levels of cholesterol ratios for total cholesterol to HDL should be below 4 as a general rule for both men and women. However a very good ratio is 3.5, excellent is 3.0 and fantastic is 2.6.

If you can get your ratio down between 2.4 and 2.8, you can actually experience a reversal of heart disease.

Whereas the normal levels of cholesterol ratios of LDL to HDL should be less than 2.5. This is the best indicator of risk of heart disease and stroke.

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