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Alternate Names : Very-Low-Density Lipoprotein

VLDL | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

Normal VLDL levels are 25% to 50% of total cholesterol. Higher amounts are linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

Reasons for high VLDL levels can include:

  • hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland
  • high alcohol intake
  • chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis
  • multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer
  • Cushing's syndrome, a condition caused by too much of a hormone called cortisol in the body
  • deficiency of an enzyme that breaks down lipids
  • Low levels of VLDL can result from:

  • an inherited tendency toward low LDL and VLDL levels
  • abnormally low levels of protein in the blood, called hypoproteinemia. This may be the result of malnutrition, bowel problems, or severe burns.
  • an hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland

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    VLDL: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: Stephanie Slon, BA
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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