LDL cholesterol levels per ATP III guidelines are as follows:
- < 100 mg/ dL – Optimal
- 100-129 mg/dL – Near optimal/above optimal
- 130-159 mg/dL – Borderline high
- 160-189 mg/dL – High>190 mg/dL – Very high
The standard lipid profile, as recommended by the Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III), consists of direct measurement of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides, with a calculated LDL-C, obtained after a 9-hour to 12-hour fast.
Certain types of prescription drugs may raise or lower LDL-C levels. Inform your healthcare provider of any drugs or supplements that you are taking before testing.
In women, LDL-C usually rises during pregnancy. Women should wait at least six weeks after having a baby to have LDL-C measured.
Keywords: Direct LDL Cholesterol; Direct LDL-C; Direct Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol; DLDL; LDL D