It refers to very-low-density lipoprotein and is primarily filled with triglycerides. VLDL is mainly comprised of triglycerides and not that much cholesterol which is a form of fat. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as the “bad” cholesterol as it contributes to various heart-related problems.
A VLDL cholesterol test is conducted in order to assess a person’s risk of heart disease.
LDL VS VLDL
LDL and VLDL cholesterols carry different molecules, but both can contribute to blood vessel damage and heart disease. While LDL cholesterol numbers signify how much cholesterol is in the blood, VLDL refers to circulating fat.
To test for VLDL, a blood sample is required. A blood sample is commonly taken from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. You may feel a prick of the needle, but other than that it is relatively painless.
Normal readings of VLDL cholesterol range between two to 30 mg/dL. This estimate is based on your triglyceride levels, and VLDL often represents about one-fifth of your total triglyceride count. Accuracy of VLDL estimates diminishes if triglyceride levels are above 400 mg/dL.