What are Cholesterol and Triglycerides?
Created in the liver from fats in our diet, Cholesterol is a form of fat that our bodies use to create cells, hormones, and vitamin D. Cholesterol does not dissolve in the bloodstream – instead, it bonds to carriers called lipoproteins, which transport it between cells.
However, not all cholesterol is created equal. There are two main types of cholesterol carried by lipoproteins: Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and High-density lipoproteins (HDL).
LDL is commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol because it can build up on the walls of your arteries and increase chances of getting cardiovascular disease. HDL cholesterol, commonly regarded as “good” cholesterol, takes the “bad” LDL cholesterol out of your blood and keeps it from building up in your arteries. Collectively, these different kinds of cholesterol and other fats in blood are known as lipids.
A Lipid Panel test includes results for: total cholesterol (TC), LDL, HDL, HDL/LDL ratio, and another form of fat known as triglycerides (TG). Some Lipid Panels can give even more detailed information, such as the presence and sizes of various fat particles in your blood.
A doctor may order this test to help determine the risk of heart diseases, such as stroke or coronary heart disease, or to help manage cholesterol levels.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.