HDL Cholesterol is the measure of cholesterol carried in the particles called high density lipoproteins. HDL is known as the good cholesterol and a protective lipoprotein fraction, because the high density lipoproteins usually carry harmful cholesterol molecules away from the vessel walls back to the liver where they are metabolized. This healthy process is called reverse cholesterol transport. Optimally HDL levels should be above 40 for men and above 50 for women.
LDL-C Direct Low density lipoprotein-cholesterol. Bad cholesterol that can build up in arteries and increase risk of heart disease and stroke.
Neutral Fat (MB) A glycerol molecule bound to three fatty acids (triglyceride). They are neutral because they do not contain any basic or acidic groups. They are often found in the thigh and torso area of the body where they provide insulation to keep warm and provide body fuel reserves.
Non-HDL-C Total Cholesterol minus HDL cholesterol.
Total Cholesterol This represents the total amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood, including good (HDL-C) and bad (LDL-C) cholesterol.
Triglycerides High levels in the blood this type of fat is unhealthy.