Also Known As: Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
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LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to peripheral tissue. LDL contributes to the formation of plaques that clog arteries and lead to coronary heart disease
Part of cardiovascular risk profile
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