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