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What is the Optimal Amount of Cholesterol in the Body

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The optimal amount of different types of cholesterol that has been recommended by the Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) of National Institute of Health (NIH) of USA is given in Table 1.

Table 1: ATP-NIH recommended amount of cholesterol

Normal (mg/dL)
High (mg/dL)
<100 (Optimal)
<200 (Desirable)
<40 (Low)
≥60 (Desirable)

As given in Table 1, the desirable levels the cholesterol help in the normal functioning of the body cells and tissues.1   

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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: July 26, 2012