5 Cholesterol Levels: by Age & the Normal Range!

4) What is VLDL cholesterol, and what is the normal range

You may hear terms such as “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol.” LDL cholesterol falls under the category of “bad cholesterol.” HDL cholesterol, also known as high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, is considered “good cholesterol.” But what about VLDL? This is another cholesterol fraction, and it is also tagged as “bad.”

VLDL stands for very low-density lipoprotein. VLDL is important as it is vital in transporting cholesterol around the body, just like LDL. When there is too much cholesterol in the body, your liver cells start making VLDL along with LDL. The VLDL travels through the bloodstream and attaches to tissues. The cholesterol bound to the VLDL returns to your liver, and the VLDL is released again.

So, you could say high VLDL levels are also considered bad for your cardiovascular health. The normal range for VLDL cholesterol should be under 30 mg/dL. A higher number can increase your risk of cholesterol problems and put you at risk of coronary heart disease.