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“Normal” physiologic range for LDL ... likely 50 to 70 mg/dl.
billh99 posted:
From American Journal of Cardiology
Volume 111, Issue 8 , Pages 1221-1229, 15 April 2013

Here is the abstract. You need to buy (or go to a medical library) to read the whole thing.

Based on the cardiovascular (CV) outcomes data derived predominantly from 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor (statin) trials, guidelines have set low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol targets at successively lower levels over time. Recent data have demonstrated that more-intensive statin therapy (and, consequently, lower LDL cholesterol level) is more effective at reducing CV events than less-intensive statin therapy. Although the average LDL cholesterol level for a United States adult is 119 mg/dl, within the "normal" range (90 to 130 mg/dl) per the United States National Cholesterol Education Program—Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines, data from fetal studies, diet studies, contemporary hunter-gatherer populations, and other mammals have suggested that the "normal" physiologic range for LDL cholesterol in humans is likely 50 to 70 mg/dl. Low LDL cholesterol levels have been sporadically associated with an increased risk of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, and other complications in population studies and clinical trials. However, statin clinical trials have generally not demonstrated correlations between on-treatment LDL cholesterol levels and safety. Clinical data have suggested a linear relation between LDL cholesterol lowering and CV risk reduction, supporting a favorable risk/benefit ratio for attaining very low levels of LDL cholesterol to minimize the risk of CV events. In conclusion, clinical trial evidence demonstrating the efficacy and safety of LDL cholesterol lowering to a very low level is essential to ascertain the benefits and risks in reducing the residual risk of vascular disease.

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