Also Known As: Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
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LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to peripheral tissue. LDL contributes to formation of plaques that clog arteries and lead to coronary heart disease
Part of cardiovascular risk profile
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REFERENCE INTERVALS FOR ADULTS: <130 mg/dl
INCREASE IN: High saturated fat diets, inherited disorders of cholesterol metabolism.
DECREASE IN: High fiber intake, drug treatment, inherited lipoprotein deficiency, hyperthyroidism, infection, inflammation, or cirrhosis