Also Known As: Cholesterol Total
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Important steroid lipids are made by the liver and used for the production of steroid hormones and cell walls.
High cholesterol has been implicated as a risk factor for coronary artery disease.
REFERENCE INTERVALS FOR ADULTS: <200 mg/dl (Desirable)
INCREASE IN: Diet high in saturated fat, physically inactive, overweight or obese, smoking, hypothyroidism, uncontrolled diabetes, kidney disease, some inherited conditions.
DECREASE IN: Liver disease, starvation, hyperthyroidism, adrenal insufficiency abetalipoproteinemia, hypobetalipoproteinemia