Unit mmol/L
Name millimole per litre
Category Blood Cholesterol
Details In the field of blood cholesterol, mmol/L stands for millimoles per litre, which is a unit of concentration that measures the amount of a substance (in this case, cholesterol) in a specific volume of blood (1 litre). This unit is used to express the concentration of cholesterol in the blood to assess an individual's risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the body and blood that is necessary for producing cell membranes, hormones, and vitamins. There are different types of cholesterol, such as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol (often referred to as 'bad' cholesterol) can lead to the build-up of plaques in the arteries, which can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.

Blood cholesterol levels are typically measured using a blood test called a lipid profile, which provides readings for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. These results are then provided in concentrations using the unit mmol/L. Health care professionals analyze these concentrations to determine the individual's overall cholesterol levels and make recommendations for lifestyle changes or medications to reduce health risks associated with high cholesterol.
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