HDL and LDL Cholesterol Testing

High Density Lipoprotein

HDL (high density lipoprotein) is sometimes called the “good” cholesterol because it helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries.  HDL, which is made mostly of protein and only a small amount of fat, helps clear LDL (low density lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol from the body.  High levels of HDL appear to help protect against heart disease.  A person who is at risk for heart disease may be advised to raise their HDL levels by eating a balanced diet, exercising and losing weight, and stopping tobacco use.  In addition, medicines may be used to raise HDL levels. HDL and LDL Cholesterol Testing

40 mg/dl or less is low

41 to 59 mg/dl is average

60 mg/dl or above are desirable

Low Density Lipoprotein

LDL (low density protein) cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol, which carries mostly fat and only a small amount of protein from the liver to other parts of the body.  A high LDL level is considered a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) because, under certain conditions, it can cause hardening of the arteries (Atherosclerosis).

.100 mg/dl or less is optimal

.100 to 129 mg/dl is near optimal

.130 to 159 mg/dl is borderline high

.160 to 189 mg/dl is high

.190 mg/dl and above is very high

People who have at least a moderate risk for developing heart disease (especially those who have diabetes) may benefit from lowering their LDL levels.  The specific target LDL levels depends on a person’s number and type of risk factors.

Total Cholesterol / HDL Ratio

The total cholesterol / HDL ratio is more indicative of cardiovascular disease than TC (Total Cholesterol).  The amounts of  HDL and LDL in the blood are added together, this number for all practical purposes, indicates the amount of total cholesterol.  Therefore, if your HDL count is low and the LDL count will account for the remainder of the total.  For men an acceptable ratio of the TC/HDL is 4.5 or below, and for women is 4.0 or below.

We offer complete Lipid panel which gives Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Triglyceride, LDL Cholesterol and percentage of TC/HDL. Also included is a Glucose level, Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Pulse and Body Fat percentage and index. All for the low price of only $60.00. Compare that of over $300.00 going through your own physician.

HDL and LDL Cholesterol Testing