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    Understanding Your Lipid Panel
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
    A lipid panel is a blood test that measures lipids-fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy by your body. Lipids include cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

    Click the link above for information on what the results of a lipid panel can mean. As always, please discuss your results with your doctor.

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    billh99 responded:
    In addition to those parameters I see that my latest lipid panel calculated non-HDL (TC - HDL). Some doctors think that is the most important parameter without going to one of the advanced test.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to billh99's response:
    Hi Bill!

    Are your non-HDL numbers from a non-fasting cholesterol test?

    These days, doctors may start with a non-fasting cholesterol test and then recommend a lipid profile , based on the results.

    Here are some guidelines for those who are taking a fasting test: How to prepare for a fasting blood test


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