Lipid Disorders: Diagnosis & Tests Menu

How is a lipid disorder diagnosed?

To check your cholesterol levels, your doctor will order a blood test called a lipid profile, or lipid panel. This test measures your total cholesterol (both LDL and HDL) and triglycerides. Before this test, your doctor will likely ask you to avoid eating and drinking liquids other than water for at least 8 to 12 hours.

The lipid profile measures cholesterol in milligrams of cholesterol per deciliter (mg/dL). Your total cholesterol level should be no higher than 200 mg/dL. Learn how to understand your cholesterol results.

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