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Q: what is normal range of cholesterol

my age is 58  weight is 75 kg   height 178 cm  my cholesterol level is 243 triglycerides 116 my blood pressure range 80/85  to 130/140  i take norvac  5mg. how i can lower cholesterol level without medicine i wont take any fat diet.

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12/31/08 6:08pm

Hi Amjad,


Your BMI (body mass index) is 23.6.


Here's a breakdown of BMI:

Under weight <18.5

Normal weight 18.5-24.9

Overweight 25-29.9

Obese >30


Your weight for your height falls within the normal range - good job!


The American Heart Association recommends total cholesterol be less than 200 mg/dl and triglycerides less than 150 mg/dl.  Your triglyceride level is not bad.  What is you LDL level.  If your LDL is greater than 100, here are two steps you can take to lower your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol: 

  1. Limit saturated and trans fat intake.  Replace saturated and trans fats in your diet with healthy unsaturated fats.
  2. Increase dietary fiber intake, especially soluble fiber.

You can learn about a diet to lower cholesterol here.


The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.


Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension

Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high

Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher

            If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).


High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension

Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg

Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg

If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).


Caution Range - Prehypertension

Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg

Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg

            Take action!


Normal Range - Normal

Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg

Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg



If your blood pressure range is between 130-140/80-85, you fall within the prehypertensive category.  Continue to work with your MD to determine the best treatment options.


All the best,


Lisa Nelson, RD

Diet to Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally,

Diet to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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