What Are The Different Types Of Cholesterol In My Blood, And What Is The Significance Of Each?

Dr. Eckel answers the question: 'What Are The Different Types Of Cholesterol?'

ByRobert H. Eckel, M.D., Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology and Cardiology), University of Colorado School of Medicine
January 2, 2009, 2:26 PM

— -- Question: What are the different types of cholesterol in my blood, and what is the significance of each?

Answer: Cholesterol is carried in the blood in a transport vehicle called lipoprotein. And there are basically three kinds of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol, at least after you fasted for 12 hours. One is the very low density lipoprotein, or VLDL.

The second is the low density lipoprotein, or LDL. And the third is the good cholesterol, or HDL cholesterol. These lipoproteins relate the risk for heart disease, mostly LDL on the bad side and HDL on the good side.

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