What is LDL-C?

Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) are vehicles for transporting cholesterol in the bloodstream. LDL-C is considered “bad cholesterol” because LDL carries cholesterol to the vessels where it can build up in the vessel walls.

Why is it included in the Cardiovascular axis?

LDL-C is routinely used to assess cardiovascular risk. High LDL-C levels are associated with cholesterol plaque buildups in vessel walls and a heightened risk of cardiovascular events.

How can I better understand my results?

  • Optimal: Less than 100 mg/dL
  • Near or above optimal: 100-130 mg/dL
  • Borderline High: 130-160 mg/dL
  • Out of Range: 160-200 mg/dL

Where can I learn more?

Peter Attia, M.D. provides nuance to the discussion around LDL, cholesterol, and risk

Read The Lancet’s Study on Elevated LDL and Cardiovascular Deaths in Older Populations