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Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Overview)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is known as "bad" cholesterol.


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What is ldl, what is hdl?

What is ldl, what is hdl?

Bad and good: Ldl is the low density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly known as the "bad" cholesterol as it is the one that increases ones risk for heart disease (through depositing plaque to the arteries.) HDL is the high density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly known as the "good" cholesterol as it has cardio-protective effects when elevated. ...Read more

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Ldl (Overview)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is known as "bad" cholesterol.


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What exactly does having high vldl while having low LDL in my lipid profile indicate?

What exactly does having high vldl while having low LDL in my lipid profile indicate?

Perhaps High TG's: Patients with high triglyceride (tg's) levels often have increased levels of vldl with low or normal LDL levels. Tg's in vldl move into LDL and in return LDL sends cholesterol back into vldl. This same process happens with HDL cholesterol, depleting cholesterol from LDL and hdl, and thus lowering LDL and hdl, while vldl cholesterol increases. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Tip)

Living with Coronary Artery Disease

Your cholesterol is less a predictor than fasting ldl/hdl and chol/hdl for heart attack risk! ...See more

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How to reduce LDL?

How to reduce LDL?

Lifestyle changes: Diet (limit animal protein), exercise & weight loss...statin drugs if still not at goal ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

Low density lipoprot: Low density lipoprotein (ldl) is one of the major forms of lipoproteins (combination of protein and lipids) that allow for transport of lipids and cholesterol in the body and blood. Higher levels are associated with increase in cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Can you tell me, what are good LDL levels?

The lower the better: Granted,mother newest guidelines are rather vague about actual target LDL levels to achieve, the lower the better. 130 is good, 100 better, 70 awesome. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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What are the purpose or uses of small size particle LDL cholesterol in the body of a healthy human being that has no inflammation?

Essential for health: Most people think of cholesterol as dangerous, but it's essential for health, in fact life as we know it could not exist without it. Ldl transports cholesterol to cells, where it's a huge component of the membranes of each cell, is the main building block for cortisol, testosterone, vit d & other essential hormones & is used to make bile, essential for both digestion and detoxification.See comment:. ...Read more

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Is there a particular diet that is recommended before having my blood drawn for LDL testing? I'm going in to have blood drawn next week in order to measure LDL levels. Should i adhere to a special diet or avoid any particular foods in the days before the

Is there a particular diet that is recommended before having my blood drawn for LDL testing? I'm going in to have blood drawn next week in order to measure LDL levels. Should i adhere to a special diet or avoid any particular foods in the days before the

No diet: Cholesterol level are not going to change with a week of diet. If you are also measuring triglycerides (and most lipid panels will) you ought to avoid any alcohol for 3-7 days prior to blood withdrawing as alcohol may increase triglycerides level acutely ...Read more

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Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

Yes: That is the regular starting dose for niacin. Have exercise, weight loss and diet already been tried? That would be my first recommendation. If Niacin is ineffective, statins my be considered. Niacin and statins were routinely used together in the past but this has fallen out of favor after the results of the recent aim-high trial. ...Read more

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