The lipid profile consists of 4 different types of tests - total cholesterol, triglycerides (Tg), LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol. This test is highly recommended for people having a family history of diabetes, heart diseases and obesity. Lifestyle choices like smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet can be a few factors mounting to bad cholesterol.
How The Test Helps
Lipid profile tests are to measure the amount of cholesterol in the blood level. It helps in accessing the risk of development of cardiovascular diseases to monitor treatment of unhealthy lipid levels. Some common symptoms for abnormal lipid levels in the blood are headache, difficulty in breathing, sweating, hypertension, heartburn and indigestion, upper back pain etc.
Understanding Test Results
The test is done by collecting a blood sample directly from your home.
Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) per decilitre (dL) of blood. The lipid profile normal values are as follows:
LDL: 70 to 130 mg/dL (the lower, the better)
HDL: more than 40 to 60 mg/dL (the higher, the better)
Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL (the lower, the better)
Triglycerides: 10 to 150 mg/dL (the lower, the better)
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