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LDLLow-density lipoprotein Beta-lipoprotein A 3000 kD plasma lipoprotein–
normal serum concentration 60-155 mg/dL–which has a central role in transporting cholesterol from the intestine to the liver ↑ in Nephrotic syndrome, obstructive jaundice, uncontrolled DM, type II hypercholesterolemia; ↓ in Familial LDL deficiency. See Cholesterol, Small LDL. Cf HDL.
LDLAbbrev. for low density LIPOPROTEINS.
Low density lipoproteins (LDL)
low-density lipoprotein; LDL cholesterol-transporting plasma lipid particles; normal values = 1.5-4.4 mmol/L; raised blood LDL cholesterol is a noted risk factor of atheroma and peripheral vascular disease
Patient discussion about LDL
Q. How can I increase my HDL cholesterol levels? My Doctor told me that my cholesterol levels are not good and that I should lower my LDL and higher my HDL. I understand how to lower the cholesterol, but how can I increase the HDL?
Q. Improving High Triglycerides I take Tricor for high triglyceride levels; I have a healthy level of total cholesterol, with low LDL, very good HDL. I am now being treated for hypothyroidism, but my doctor says that it's also genetic (I had almost the exact same level number as my brother). How can I work to get my triglycerides under control?
Q. Does wight loss lowers cholesterol? I'm 5'5, 175 lbs, 40 years-old man. After my doctor found that I have high LDL cholesterol, I was advised to try to lower my weight in order to reduce my cholesterol levels. Otherwise I'll have to start taking medications. Can it really do something? As far as I know, cholesterol level are pretty much a genetic thing, and one can be very thin but still have high cholesterol levels.