Total Cholesterol

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an important component of cell membranes, hormones, and vitamin D. As Dr. Peter Attia says, “We eat, make, store, and excrete it.” [1]

Why is it included in the Cardiovascular Axis?

Excessive cholesterol is the “agent of disease” that causes plaques to be formed in your vasculature so quantifying its presence is a predictor of cardiovascular risk [1].

How can I better understand my results?

  • Normal: Less than 170 mg/dL
  • Above Normal: 170-200 mg/dL
  • Out of Range: 200 mg/dL or above

Where can I learn more?

The American Heart Association’s Guide to Cholesterol

Peter Attia’s extensive series with Tom Dayspring, M.D., an expert in lipidology