Facts About Lipid Profile You Should Know

Are you confused with the fats or lipids profile you may hear your doctor refer to in the hospital? Here is a brief explanation regarding medical terms used in your lipid profile that you should know about.

Lipid Disorder

This medical condition refers to any disturbance or problem with how cholesterol is produced, metabolized, and/or transported in the blood before eliminating out of a body. In most cases, lipid disorder is hereditary. That means if one suffers from a lipid disorder, he or she is more likely to have higher LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol but lower HDL cholesterol levels in their lipid profile. Often, people with lipid disorder also have higher or sometimes elevated triglyceride levels.


Dyslipidaemia is understood to be a disorder of the fats or lipids in the blood and is always associated with a problem of the metabolism of lipoproteins, including either an overload or a lack of lipoprotein production. Dyslipidaemia is often included in a lipid profile with the characteristics of higher LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol levels but lower levels of HDL cholesterol.

Total Cholesterol

Generally, total cholesterol is a cheap and simple test that measures your total blood cholesterol which also includes your LDL and HDL. It is not necessary to have performed this test at a hospital as you can always perform one yourself using a do-it-yourself kit at home. Unlike other medical diagnosis, you do not need to fast prior to doing your total cholesterol test as it does not show any obvious difference even after taking a meal.


Lipoprotein, a molecule that consists of lipid and protein, functions as a transporter for lipid-based molecules such as triglycerides and cholesterol in a water-based environment like in human blood. Based upon the varied density, lipoproteins can be categorized into four types, namely very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), HDL, LDL and chylomicrons.

HDL Cholesterol

High-density lipoprotein, or HDL is commonly regarded as the “good” cholesterol since it passes through the bloodstream and helps remove cholesterol particles from the artery walls to avoid the build-up of plaque. Apart from that, it helps transport LDL cholesterol to the liver to be reprocessed there. In general, a lower HDL cholesterol level marks a higher risk of developing cardiovascular or heart-related diseases.

Lipid Panel or Lipid Profile

A lipid profile is defined as a group of tests that is very helpful for a doctor to identify a patient’s risk of coronary heart disease that is caused by a condition called dyslipidaemia.


Atherosclerosis happens when the artery is being narrowed, and simultaneously the flexibility of the arteries is also being reduced. The accumulation of fats and cholesterol within the artery walls can lead to the occurrence of atherosclerosis. As it is linked as a risk factor for heart disease, atherosclerosis can always cause a health concern.

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  1. You are right in mentioning this is something I should know about. So well presented too.

  2. Great information shared… Thank u

  3. very informative and well researched article..thanks for the explanation. aware of this before..useful share indeed :)

  4. It\’s clear you have a deep understanding of this as the information here is accurate, simplified yet exhaustive and palatable. A really good entry.

    p.s Arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis often confuse many. Both are hardening of blood vessel walls with subsequent loss of elasticity. Deposition of compounds within the vessel wall is often the cause; as you have rightly put it deposition of cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis.

  5. Thanks Dr. Chan, Now i have a clearer idea what is lipid. It usually appears in my diagnosis result.

  6. I actually still confuse about HDL or LDL, so your article is really helpful.

  7. I still confuse about LDL or HDL, so your article is really helpful.

  8. Important info about cholesterol that should benefit anyone interested in health.

  9. Very interesting facts as always. LB

  10. Amazing facts, and important to learn information, Chan!

  11. This is something to be of great concern.

  12. I learned many things about lipid profile.

  13. useful information.

  14. Good health information to have.

  15. Some very useful information here. We all need to be aware of our cholestral levels.


  16. This is very helpful information about the medical terms we should know. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. Thanks Chan. So good again to learn something new from you. These are great info.

  18. useful and important information everyone should know. Thanks for this comprehensive information.

  19. Very helpful article Chan on lipids!

  20. ive learned something today. thanks to you!

  21. All the medical terminology can be confusing. You broke it down wonderfully.

  22. Well explained in easy to understand terms.

  23. Very nice work.

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