Alternative Names Very low density lipoprotein test What the risks are There is very little risk involved with having your blood taken. Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Taking blood from some people may be more difficult than from others. Other risks associated with having blood drawn are slight but may include: Excessive bleeding Fainting or feeling light-headed Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin) Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken) Special considerations There is no simple, direct way of measuring VLDL. Most labs estimate your VLDL based on your triglyceride level. It is approximately one fifth of your triglycerides level, although this is less accurate if your triglyceride level is above 400 mg/dL.
If you are trying to sort out everything regarding cholesterol and make an informed treatment decision that's best for your health, you may be feeling overwhelmed. I've already given steps to raise HDL and lower triglycerides , now I'd like to move into VLDL versus LDL.
Let's start at the beginning. You eat a food and it provides more energy (calories) than you immediately need. The liver breaks down some the carbohydrates and protein and forms triglycerides (fat) and cholesterol. The liver is the major fat producing organ, while our adipose tissue (fat cells) stores the fat made by the liver.
Well, we all know that oil (fat) and water (blood) do not mix. So the liver, in order to solve this problem and export the triglycerides its' created, coats the fat (triglycerides) with a protein, cholesterol, and phospholipid shell. A phospholipid shell is a structure that acts as an emulsifier so the fat and blood will mix. The resul...
This month we've been focusing on cholesterol, for National Cholesterol Education Month . So, it's a great time to think about how things have been going with your health lately, and make any changes that seem necessary.
If you have high cholesterol it's up to you to work out how you can effectively lower it.
While medications are available, there are always going to be side effects and risks from taking these, and so learning how you can reduce your cholesterol levels naturally is an excellent way to boost your health.
Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to lower your cholesterol levels without the use of medications.
You should have your cholesterol levels checked at least once a year, to find out how well your natural interventions are working. For the first year, start with an initial cholesterol reading, implement some natural cholesterol lowering methods, and then six months later, check your cholesterol levels again.  ...
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