Laboratory tests are ways to answer clinical questions about the origin of any disease or irregularity that affects the organism. However, examinations are also performed for preventive purposes.
Because of this, it is very important to do check ups with a certain frequency to ensure that your health is up to date or, when not, to be able to identify an illness at an early stage, subject to treatment that reduces the chances of major problems.
Among the preventive exams, there is the lipidogram, which measures the amount of lipids (fats) in the body and helps with medical guidance to inhibit the onset of diseases. Find out more about him in the text below!
What is a complete lipidogram?
The lipidogram test can attest to the concentration of fat molecules in the body.
The complete lipidogram, also called total cholesterol or lipid profile (more recent term), is an exam that aims to know the exact amount of lipids (LDL, HDL, VLDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol) in the patient’s body .
Through this examination, it is assessed whether the levels are adequate or not, and whether there are risks of the individual developing future diseases related to any of the lipid profiles.
Altogether, there are 5 values attested after the exam:
LDL (low density lipoprotein): popularly known as bad cholesterol, LDL works by transporting particles of cholesterol present in the liver, to other areas such as the arteries.
HDL (high density lipoprotein): also called good cholesterol, HDL has the function of removing fatty substances from cells and sending them to the liver, where they will be metabolized and eliminated from the body.
VLDL (very low density lipoprotein): also considered a bad cholesterol, VLDL transports fat molecules to the arterial walls and increases the chances of heart disease.
Triglycerides: main fats that serve as sources of energy for the body.
Total cholesterol: this is the value that corresponds to the sum of the rates of LDL, HDL, VLDL and triglycerides that are in circulation.
To make the lipidogram, the patient must go to a laboratory, which in turn will collect a blood sample and send it for analysis.
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