Where to get a direct measurement LDL blood test? (fluffy vs. tiny oxidized) . . .

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

The lab my Aetna health insurance uses only gives the LDL, HDL & total cholesterol so I'm in the market for a 3rd party lab in hopes of getting the LDL breakdown.

If I have mostly the friendly, fluffy, awesome kind of LDL, that would be great.

If it's all the nasty, tiny, highly oxidized type, that would be sad.

Do you know of any companies that do this type of testing available to the patient, without going through a doctor's office?

Thanks, Mike

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on July 08, 2012
at 02:00 PM

Chris Kresser suggests that your trig:HDL ratio can indicate what your LDL is doing. A ratio of 2 or less means large, buoyant LDL, more than 3 means small, dense LDL.

See: http://chriskresser.com/5-reasons-not-to-worry-about-your-cholesterol-numbers (point #4).



on July 07, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Before you invest any of your hard earned cash, have you read Peter Attia's series on cholesterol? It explains all of the different testing options in detail, and tells you which ones are worth doing: http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i


on May 12, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Found it !!!

(Ironically, it was from the company I first searched; I searched LDL, not lipid).

This test is $110 instead of $30, but appears to offer the detail I want:


The NMR LipoProfile is often used to assess the risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). The NMR LipoProfile test includes total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, insulin markers, lipoprotein particle number, lipoprotein subfractions. Turnaround time for the NMR LipoProfile is typically 1-3 business days.


on July 07, 2012
at 10:51 PM

wellnessfx.com, as seen on kelly's mobilitywod.com.

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