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Dear Heart-Health Enthusiast,

Welcome to the email - “Lipid Profile Test”, where you will learn about this very helpful and
important medical test.

Before we launch into today’s info, I strongly encourage you to print out this lesson to review.
Print the lesson for your permanent use.

Okay let’s begin -


Lipid Profile Test

In the last email, cholesterol was discussed. In this email we will talk about the standard blood
test for cholesterol – the ‘Lipid Profile Test’. Most often this is the test used by doctors to inform
you of the status of your cholesterol.

A small amount of blood is withdrawn from your arm and it is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
After a week or so, the results are sent to your doctor, and he or she calls you and discusses the

There are four basic parameters: 1) Total cholesterol, 2) LDL cholesterol, 3) HDL Cholesterol,
and 4) triglycerides.

Total cholesterol is determined by a formula and will be discussed below.

Let’s start with LDL cholesterol. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is termed the ‘bad’
cholesterol. The liver makes cholesterol and distributes it to the cells that require it. If the liver
were to dump this waxy-fatty substance into the bloodstream for transport, because the blood is
mainly liquid, the cholesterol would form globules and probably clog everything up. Have you
ever observed a bottle of vinegary-salad dressing before you shook it up? All the oils are at the
top. This gives an indication of what a mess our blood systems would be! Instead the liver wraps
the cholesterol into protein sheaths which contain the waxy-fatty substance. Then it is placed in
the bloodstream and easily moves with the blood. A lipoprotein is ‘lipo’ meaning fat and in this
case – wrapped in a ‘protein’ sheath.

HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. It has the opposite function of LDLs. That is HDLs
collect cholesterol from the arteries and artery walls and transport them back to the liver for
disposal. It is protective to our artery systems; hence the term ‘good’ cholesterol.
The problem comes in when we don’t have enough HDLs to pick up the surplus cholesterol
being delivered by the LDLs. In other words, too many LDLs and not enough HDLs. Free
cholesterol in the blood system can cause other problems such as burrowing into the artery-cell
walls and hastening hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). So it is important to get that
surplus cholesterol out of the blood.

The National Institute of Health recommends the following levels for LDL Cholesterol in the

Less than 100 mg/dL is optimal or ideal

100-129 mg/dL is near optimal/above optimal

130-159 mg/dL is borderline high

160-189 mg/dL is high

190 mg/dL and above is very high

HDL Blood Cholesterol levels:

Less than 40 mg/dL is a major heart disease risk factor

60 mg/dL and above gives some protection against heart disease.

Triglycerides: when you eat more calories than you burn, the excess calories are converted to fat
and stored in various places in your body. This fat is called triglycerides. This probably wasn’t a
problem for early man who had a lot of physical activity running after game and running from
hungry predators - he burned this fat quite quickly. But fast forward several thousand years to
today and we usually don’t get that much activity - the fat accumulates and accumulates; hence,
our problems with obesity.

So triglycerides are blood fats – fats on their way to storage. This value indicates the amount of
fat in the blood.

The National Institute of Health recommends the following levels for Triglycerides:

Less than 150 mg/dL is desirable

150-199 mg/dL is borderline high

200-499 mg/dL is high

500 mg/dL and above should be lowered by medication to prevent further complications.

Total Cholesterol is determined by Friedewald formula:

Total Chol. = LDL Chol. + HDL Chol. + (Triglycerides/5)

If you have a lipids profile lab sheet available, place your values into the above formula and you
should get your total cholesterol value.

The National Institutes of Health classifies total cholesterol levels of less than 200 mg/dL as
desirable. Values of 200-239 mg/dL are borderline high and 240 mg/dL and above are
considered high.

I’ve found an excellent resource for you. It’s called ‘Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC
(Therapeutic Life Changes)’. It’s an 85-page booklet by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human
Services. You may download (it’s free) by clicking on the following link:


I’m sure you will enjoy it.

You can test your cholesterol in the comfort of your own home. It’s convenient and quite
inexpensive with kits that are FDA approved. It only takes 10-minutes to find out your total
cholesterol! To get more info click on the following link now.


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The next email will discuss some methods to lower LDL cholesterol.

Best Regards,

Tim Lazaro

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