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Very Low Density Lipoprotein

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Updated December 12, 2010

Definition: Very low density lipoproteins, or VLDL, are molecules made up of mostly triglycerides, cholesterol and proteins. Very low density lipoproteins (VLDL), also known as the "very bad" cholesterol, carry cholesterol from the liver to organs and tissues in the body. It also serves as a precursor to low density lipoproteins (LDL).

VLDL levels are difficult to measure routinely, and are usually estimated as a percentage of your triglyceride levels. By reducing your triglycerides, you are also reducing your VLDL levels.

Also Known As: VLDL
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