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HDL Cholesterol

Blood Sciences Test



Special Instructions

HDL is available as part of the lipid profile (both non-fasting and fasting).

Lipid profile ordering instructions:

Tests performed within the lipid panel depend on the answer to the fasting status question on ICE, MyCare or paper form. It is essential that this question is answered accurately to ensure that the appropriate tests are performed.

If marked as non-fasting, profile includes: Total Cholesterol, HDL, non-HDL and Total/HDL cholesterol ratio

If marked as fasting, profile includes: all of non-fasting profile plus triglycerides and LDL



Reference Range

1.00 mmol/L or above

Test Usage

HDL cholesterol is protective against atherosclerosis and a low HDL is an independent risk factor separate from LDL cholesterol.

Increased by

  • exercise
  • alcohol
  • drugs . oestrogens
  • fibrates, statins, nicotinic acid
  • anticonvulsants

Decreased by

  • drugs: androgens, anabolic steroids, danazol, testosterone, progestins
  • beta blockers
  • thiazides
  • isotretinoin
  • antiviral agents
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • familial hypolipoproteinaemia
  • renal impairment/proteinuria

Athletes using anabolic steroids can have dramatically low HDL levels.

Turnaround Time

1 day


Local test

Can be added on to an existing request up to 3 days following sample receipt

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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