What Are The Normal LDL Cholesterol Levels?

Normal LDL cholesterol levels are varies from person to person. That’s because there are several factors to determine what is normal for each individual. LDL cholesterol levels that are considered acceptable for one person may be considered high risk for others.

The American Heart Association recommends that all adults should keep their LDL cholesterol levels below 130 mg/dL. These vary according to gender and age as well. The following is table to describe the normal LDL cholesterol levels in men and women by age.

average LDL cholesterol range by age

Source: "Controlling Cholesterol The Natural Way" Dr. Kenneth Cooper and William Proctor, 1999

When women reach menopause, their estrogen levels decline dramatically, resulting in elevated LDL cholesterol levels. Although the connection is not 100% clear, a 2009 study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that estrogen may protect women against heart disease. To cope with the changes in the normal cholesterol levels, menopausal women should strive for LDL levels of no more than 160 mg/dL.

Since certain chronic diseases increase the risk of heart disease. So people who suffer from these conditions have different standards for what their normal LDL cholesterol levels should be. You should keep your LDL below 100 mg/dl if you had a previous heart disease, or have two or more of the following risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)