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NMR LipoProfile

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

NMR Lipoprofile Test

LDL- P (LDL Particle Number) nmol/L

Low: <1000

Moderate:  1000-1299
Borderline-High: 1300-1599

High: 1600-2000

Very High: >2000



LDL-C (calculated) mg/dL

Optimal <100

Near or above optimal: 100-129

Borderline-high: 130-159

High: 160-189

Very High: > or = 190


LDL-C is inaccurate if patient is non-fasting.


HDL-C  mg/dL              

Desirable: > or =40


Triglycerides  mg/dL     

Desirable: <150


Total Cholesterol  mg/dL                       

Desirable: <200


Cardiovascular Disease Risk

HDL-P (total)  umol/L                

Low Risk: >34.9

Intermediate: 34.9-26.7

High Risk: <26.7


Small LDL-P nmol/L                  

Low Risk: <117

Intermediate: 117-526

Borderline:  527-839

High Risk: >839


LDL Size  nm                           

Large (Pattern A): 23.0-20.6

Small (Pattern B): 20.5-19.0


Small LDL-P and LDL Size are associated with CVD risk, but not after LDL-P is taken into account.


Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Risk

Large VLDL-P nmol/L                           

Insulin Sensitive: <0.9

Intermediate: 0.9-6.9

Insulin Resistant: >6.9


Small LDL-P nmol/L                              

Insulin Sensitive: <117

Intermediate: 117-526

Borderline: 527-839       

Insulin Resistant: >839


Large HDL-P umol/L                             

Insulin Sensitive: >7.3

Intermediate: 7.3-3.1

Insulin Resistant: <3.1


VLDL Size  nm                         

Insulin Sensitive: <42.4

Intermediate: 42.4-52.5

Insulin Resistant: >52.5


LDL Size   nm                          

Insulin Sensitive: >21.2

Intermediate: 21.2-20.4

Insulin Resistant: <20.4


HDL Size   nm                          

Insulin Sensitive: >9.6

Intermediate: 9.6-8.9

Insulin Resistant: <8.9


Insulin Resistance Score         

LP-IR Score (0-100)

Insulin Sensitive: <27

Intermediate: 27-63

Insulin Resistant: >63


LP-IR Score is inaccurate if patient is non-fasting.

The LP-IR Score combines the information from the above 6 markers to give improved assessment of insulin resistance and diabetes risk.


These laboratory assays, validated by LipoScience, have not been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration. The clinical utility of the laboratory values has not been fully established.


Test Performed by: LipoScience, Inc.

                             2500 Sumner Boulevard

                             Raleigh, NC 27616