Everyone has heard it at some point in time or the other. CHOLESTEROL – The word sends a shiver down the spine of some people! Cholesterol and the other lipids discussed below are part of the lipid profile. When your doctor orders for a lipid profile you need to go on an empty stomach and give a blood sample.
Cholesterol is important in the manufacture of hormones, Vitamin D and other important substances in the body. However too much of Cholesterol can be a problem as it tends to clog the arteries in the body, more so the coronary arteries. Cholesterol being a fat cannot mix with blood and needs substances called as Lipoproteins to carry it around in the blood.