Normal Cholesterol Levels? Find Out with a Lab Test

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A cholesterol screening can save your life

Cholesterol is essential to different biological structures and processes—but unbalanced levels of this waxy compound can have detrimental effects to your health, and it’s associated with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and coronary artery disease. Knowing your cholesterol profile is key to understanding your true health status. Start with Life Extension’s simple cholesterol panel tests.

What does a cholesterol test look for?

  • Number of high-(HDL) and low-density (LDL) lipoproteins
  • Triglycerides in the blood stream
  • Any buildup of plaque in the arteries
  • Levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein
  • Biomarkers associated with kidney and liver function
  • Tests require fasting


How Life Extension lab testing works


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Advanced Cholesterol Tests

The amount of cholesterol in your blood depends on several factors, which can be measured by a blood test. Life Extension offers different cholesterol tests to help you manage your cholesterol levels, so you can feel your best.

Standard lipids, plus insulin resistance test

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LDL, HDL and triglyceride testing only tells part of the story when it comes to heart disease risk. The NMR LipoProfile® test provides these standard lipid tests along with LDL and HDL particle values, plus risk assessment for insulin resistance.

Measures blood levels of atherogenic small, dense lipoproteins

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Lipoproteins are substances made of protein and fat. They transport cholesterol through your bloodstream, but they’re not all the same size. Small, dense lipoproteins increase your risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease—and standard lipid tests don’t measure them. This one does.

Helps predict heart disease risk

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The apolipoprotein B (ApoB) blood test measures apolipoprotein B100, the ApoB protein that is associated with three different forms of potentially dangerous cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) and intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL).

Do you have this dangerous form of LDL in high amounts?

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Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is one of the main causes of the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in the arterial wall. This blood test measures levels of oxidized LDL.

Helps determine the risk of heart attack or stroke

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LDL, HDL and triglycerides are major risk factors for heart disease—but cholesterol isn’t the only threat. NMR LipoProfile® PLUS Blood Test measures cholesterol, LDL and HDL particle values, insulin resistance (LP-IR) and important cardiac inflammatory markers, C-reactive protein and myeloperoxidase. This panel now includes Oxidized LDL, an important measure of pro-inflammatory oxidized cholesterol particles.

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An important test to determine the risk of cardiovascular disease, this measures the ratio of apolipoprotein A1 (apo A-1) and apolipoprotein B (apo B).

Apo A-1 test measures a marker for lower cardiovascular disease risk

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Testing for apolipoprotein A-1 (apo A-1), found in HDL cholesterol, provides an indicator of arterial plaque formation due to apo A-1’s ability to aid cholesterol removal. High apo A-1 may predict a lower risk of coronary artery disease.

This panel includes tests for oxidized LDL and myeloperoxidase (MPO)

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Oxidized low density lipoprotein (LDL) is “bad” cholesterol modified by oxidation. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) oxidizes LDL. MPO is an enzyme released by white blood cells that measures the body’s response to damage in the artery walls.

Advanced testing for vascular inflammation and oxidative stress

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A "normal" cholesterol test may not tell the whole story; high levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which this test checks for, may indicate coronary disease, metabolic syndrome and other concerns.

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