Cholesterol has been blamed for just about every case of heart disease for the last 20 years, when in reality, you need the good cholesterol (HDL) in order to be healthy. Your body uses cholesterol for cell membranes, hormones, neurotransmitters and overall nerve function.
Your total cholesterol number isn’t the best indicator of heart disease risk. One of the most important tests you can get to determine your risk is the NMR lipoprofile, which measures your LDL particle number. This test also has other markers that can help determine if you have insulin resistance, which is a primary cause of elevated LDL particle number and increased heart disease risk
If you’ve had your cholesterol levels checked, your doctor most likely tested your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. But the newest research shows those are not accurate predictors for cardiovascular disease risk. A much more accurate predictor is testing your LDL particle number.
Imagine your bloodstream’s like a river, the LDL particles are like the boats that carry the cholesterol and fats around your body. The cholesterol and fats are like cargo in the boats. Right now doctors are usually measuring the amount of cargo or cholesterol in the LDL particles. But what we should be measuring is the number of LDL particles, or the number of boats in the river, so to speak, because that’s a much more accurate risk factor for heart disease.”
Therefore, it’s possible to have a normal total or LDL cholesterol level, yet have a high number of LDL particles.
Fortunately, there are now ways to test for your LDL particle number and Core Medical Group is offering this test. The results of this test will help determine if you truly need a statin medication, and which treatment modality is the most beneficial.
For more information and appointments, please contact Clinic Director Charlie Blaisdell at CBlaisdell@CoreNewEngland.com
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