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Cholesterol Monitoring - Lipid Profile Blood Test

Cholesterol Monitoring - Lipid Profile Blood Test

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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance required by every cell in your body. While your body needs some cholesterol to function properly, having too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to atherosclerosis, a disease in which fatty deposits (called atherosclerotic plaques) build up on the walls of your arteries.

Atherosclerotic plaques can break free, causing heart disease or strokes. Excess cholesterol can also damage nerves and small blood vessels, increasing the risk of other conditions such as erectile dysfunction and certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.

Atherosclerosis often goes unnoticed until a major health event occurs. However, the buildup of fatty deposits is very common, seen in 50% of the US population. Even in young people (below 20 years old) just under 1 in 6 (17%) have atherosclerosis, with the rate rising to 85% in adults 50 years or older.

The Lipid Profile panel is designed to measure and monitor your personal profile of fats in your blood including triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and Non-HDL cholesterol.

High levels of LDL cholesterol (often called "bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides, or low levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), can increase your risk of heart disease.

Regular monitoring can help to identify trends towards health risks, allowing preventative action to be taken.

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Markers Included In The Test

Triglycerides: Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood that your body uses for energy. High levels can be caused by various factors, including obesity and diabetes. High levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially when accompanied by high cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) in your blood. While it is essential for the production of certain hormones and the formation of cell membranes, too much cholesterol, especially "bad" LDL cholesterol, can build up in the arteries, leading to heart disease. On the other hand, "good" HDL cholesterol helps remove the LDL cholesterol from your bloodstream.

HDL Cholesterol: HDL cholesterol, often called "good cholesterol," helps remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream, reducing the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. Higher levels are generally better, as they can provide more protection against heart disease.

LDL Cholesterol: LDL cholesterol, often referred to as "bad" cholesterol, carries cholesterol particles throughout your body. High levels can build up in the walls of your arteries, leading to atherosclerosis, which narrows and hardens the arteries, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Non-HDL Cholesterol: Non-HDL cholesterol is a measurement of all the cholesterol carried by particles in the blood that can potentially cause heart disease, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). High levels can indicate a higher risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.