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Low density lipoprotein

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Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carries cholesterol back into the system for use by various body cells.

The American Heart Association provides a set of guidelines for fasting LDL levels and risk for heart disease.

Less than 100 mg/dL
Optimal LDL cholesterol, corresponding to reduced risk for heart disease
100 to 129 mg/dL
Near optimal HDL level
130 to 159 mg/dL
Borderline high HDL level
160 to 189 mg/dL
High HDL level
190 mg/dL and above
Very high HDL level, increased risk of heart disease

See also: Cholesterol, High density lipoprotein

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