LDL Particle Size Testing in Australia

LDL Particle Size Testing in Australia

In the video I go through the results of a comprehensive cardiovascular and cholesterol test, focusing on the key markers like LDL particle size, which indicate an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Doctors often focus on total cholesterol and LDL levels, but these are poor indicators of cardiovascular risk and just as many people have heart attacks with “normal” cholesterol levels as they do with “high” cholesterol levels.

The key markers that I focus on are LDL particle size, apolipoprotein B which measures LDL particle number, HsCRP and VLDL levels.

LDL Particle Size

Many studies have looked into the importance of LDL particle size, studies indicate that people who have LDL particles that are predominantly small and dense, have three times the risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

It is possible to have normal, or even low levels of cholesterol yet have higher levels of small dense LDL particles and an increased risk of heart disease.

The large fluffy LDL may be protective of cardiovascular disease, and help to prevent age-related neurological conditions

Apolipoprotein B and LDL Particle Number

Apolipoprotein B is a bit of a mouthful so we’ll just call it Apo B for short!

Apo B is a good indicator of LDL particle number, this is a strong risk factor of cardiovascular disease compared to just looking at LDL levels. Having a high Apo B indicates that you have lots of small dense LDL particles, which in the presence of inflammation can lead to atherosclerosis.

HsCRP and Inflammation

Cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory process and the best blood test to indicate inflammation in your body is High sensitive C Reactive Protein, which is also called HsCRP.

This is another test that most doctors do not test for despite its strong association with increased cardiovascular disease, doctors normally test CRP (because it’s covered by Medicare) but this only detects CRP levels above 5, so it misses low-grade inflammation in the 3-5 range that could be causing atherosclerosis.

High HsCRP levels are a bigger predictor of cardiovascular disease than just measuring total cholesterol or LDL levels, because without inflammation the cholesterol will not damage the arterial wall.


VLDL is another marker not typically seen on the standard cholesterol test and it stands for Very Low Density Lipoproteins. VLDL levels are typically higher with a high carbohydrate diet and they will contain more triglycerides and are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Typically on a high fat/ low carbohydrate diet, you will see LDL levels stay around the same (or sometimes even rise) but VLDL levels and Apo B levels will drop indicating that you have the good LDL cholesterol.

How To Get Tested

At Planet Naturopath we offer extensive cardiovascular testing like the test in the video, which goes into great detail about all the cardiovascular biomarkers. The test kit can be sent to you anywhere in Australia and the results take about two weeks to return, we can then schedule a Video or phone consultation to help explain the results and work out a treatment plan for you.

If you live outside Australia email tests@planetnaturopath.com to find out if we can do this test for you.

If you have any questions or if you are not sure if this is the best option for you then you can schedule a 30 minute consultation, this would help me to guide you on the best testing and treatment option. I work with clients all over the world, all of our consultations are done via video conferencing or phone which is convenient and effective.

About the Author Michael

Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. He is a registered naturopath with the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and works with clients from all over the world via video or phone consultations. He is a degree qualified naturopath from the Endeavour College of Natural Medicine in Australia with 18 years of experience. He uses advanced testing methods, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, and lifestyle advice to help you stay healthy. He is a Kalish Method-trained practitioner that keeps updating his education with Chris Kresser. Michael completed Dr. Terry Wahls practitioner training program, a 12-month program with ongoing training that helps understand the underlying cause and treatment of MS and autoimmune conditions. He keeps up to date with the latest research into health and natural medicine through the Metabolic Fitness Pro course with Dr. Bryan Walsh.

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Mark says November 7, 2015

Hi there, was wondering how much does a test like that cost?

    michael says November 17, 2015

    Hi Mark, an extensive cholesterol test costs $345 which includes the consultation to go through the results and work out a treatment plan

Jill says April 18, 2016

Hi Mark, if a person has imflamation in the body also having some small dense particles attached to the walls do they stay forever or does a dietary change reducing carbohydrates and other sugars i,e, low carb/high fat diet reverse the situation?

    michael says April 25, 2016

    You can reduce build up of arterial plaque through diet, lifestyle and supplements

Charlie napoli says October 18, 2016

Dear Sir
I would like to know where i go to test the size of ldl , hdl and triglycerides.
Thank you
Charlie napoli

    Michael says October 26, 2016

    Hello Charlie

    If you email tests@planetnaturopath.com we can help you with an extensive cardiovascular test

Leigh Yaxley says December 20, 2016

How are blood samples collected and sent to you for analysis. I didn’t see anything in the video about the test kit.

    Michael says January 9, 2017

    A test kit is sent to you which you take to your local lab for the blood draw, the samples are then returned to the Functional Pathology lab in the provided express post pack

Joaquin Puig says November 11, 2018

I want to know all the lipid profile that is shown in the website, with every ldl size, how can i do it? I am not from Australia, but i am living in Sydney , i mean i havent done a bloodwork never in here, if someone could help me i will do it. Thanks.

Jonathan Wright says December 10, 2018

Hi Michael. I’m from Melbourne and I wanted to know if there is a place here I could get an extensive Colestral test done? I have just been been given a reading of 8.4 by my doctor who wants me to go on Statin medication but I have read about the risks and want to know more. Any advice would be appreciated,

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