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Friday, February 25, 2005

Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL)

Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL): the "bad" cholesterol. Cholesterol travels in the blood in packages called lipoproteins. Just like oil and water, cholesterol, which is fatty, and blood, which is watery, do not mix. In order to be able to travel in the bloodstream, the cholesterol made in the liver is combined with protein, making a lipoprotein. This lipoprotein then carries the cholesterol through the bloodstream.

LDL carry most of the cholesterol in the blood, and the cholesterol from LDL is the main source of damaging buildup and blockage in the arteries. Thus, the more LDL-cholesterol you have in your blood, the greater your risk of heart disease. Reducing your LDL cholesterol is the main goal of cholesterol-lowering treatment.

LDL-Cholesterol Levels

Less than 100 mg/dL

Optimal

100 to 129 mg/dL

Near Optimal/Above Optimal

130 to 159 mg/dL

Borderline High

160 to 189 mg/dL

High

190 mg/dL and above

Very High

Note: These categories apply to adults age 20 and above.


Resource:
National Health, Lung and Blood Institute

1 Comments:

At 3:29 AM, Blogger SuperMan said...

Very good piece of medical information!

 

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