VLDL Cholesterol Normal Range

Q:

My doctor told me earlier that  my VLDL value is 19, what is it and what is VLDL normal range? Is my value good?

A:

VLDL means very low-density lipoprotein, it’s a type of cholesterol.

You may have known about HDL, LDL, and triglycerides, VLDL is similar to them. They are made up of lipoproteins and fats. Each type of lipoprotein contains a mixture of cholesterol, protein and triglycerides, but in varying amounts. About half of a VLDL particle is made up of triglycerides.

HDL is the good cholesterol.
LDL and VLDL are the bad ones.

High levels of VLDL cholesterol have been associated with the development of plaque deposits on artery walls, which narrow the passage and restrict blood flow.

VLDL cholesterol is usually estimated as a percentage of your triglyceride value instead of being measured directly from a blood sample. When VLDL value goes more than 30 milligrams per deciliter (.77 millimole/liter), it’s considered elevated.

The best way to lower your VLDL cholesterol is to lower your triglycerides by losing weight, regular exercising,  and healthy diet.  In particular, try to avoid sugary foods and alcohol. Medications can help of course.

 

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