Small Density LDL (sdLDL) is a type of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol that is smaller in size and denser than other types of LDL cholesterol. Research suggests that sdLDL is more dangerous than larger LDL particles because they can penetrate the arterial wall more easily, leading to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, have high levels of LDL cholesterol, or have other risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes, your doctor may recommend that you get tested for sdLDL. This test can help your doctor assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and make recommendations for lifestyle changes or medication to reduce your risk.
In addition, knowing your sdLDL levels may also help you make better dietary and lifestyle choices. For example, reducing your intake of saturated and trans fats, increasing your intake of fiber, and engaging in regular physical activity can help reduce your sdLDL levels and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
It’s important to note that the sdLDL test is not a routine part of a standard lipid profile, so you should discuss with your healthcare provider whether this test is necessary for you based on your individual health history and risk factors.