rep wrote:GeorgeN - I hope you won't mind explaining your most recent post in this thread with me while we are in Berkeley. I am not as intellectual nor as experienced as you when it comes to this. I have not seen doctors as informed as yours. But, as you know my LDL-P is around 2000 and I did have a doubling of my CT calcium score in one year. That said, I was eating a fair amount of sugar during that and previous years (fasting blood glucose about 102 when tested at lab and often higher by meter at home) and I have seriously brought that under control. No more sugar for me except very rare real maple syrup.
I do see Dr. Ronald Krauss in mid-June.
Since I've been in pain and am still trying to get it under control (time consuming) so I can go to Berkeley I have not had time to review the links about the EBT calcium scanning. I will have questions about it for you. I will bring my lab results.
alysson wrote:Hi folks,
I just had my lipids tested for the first time in almost four years. It was just the basic testing. One question I have is whether you'd suggest I do the advanced lipids testing (the NMR Profile).
Total cholesterol: 203 mg/dL (range: 0-200)
LDL: 107 mg/dL (range 0-99)
HDL: 86 mg/dL (range: >39)
VLDL: 10 mg/dL (range 0-40)
Triglyceride: 51 mg/dL (range: <150)
Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio: 2.4
The last time I was tested, my total cholesterol was 154, with an LDL of 83 and an HDL of 60. I've never had an HDL close to 86 before. Is that a good thing? Might it offset my above-range LDL? Or do I need to get the NMR Profile done to find out?
Honestly, I haven't been paying too much attention to topics about lipids. So really, I'm a newbie and would appreciate your thoughts to help get me started with exploring this arena.
Thanks for your input!
Recent evidence shows and commentary from researchers concludes that the various advanced lipoprotein particle classification tests can produce wildly disparate results on the same samples to the point of rendering them unreliable.
I think determining LDL particle size will be helpful in assessing a person’s risk for heart disease. I just don’t think we can use the tests that are currently available to do it, not reliably at least.
This panel contains the following tests:
o The number of LDL particles (LDL-P)
o A standard cholesterol test (LDL-C, HDL-C, Triglycerides and Total Cholesterol).
o The NMR LipoProfile® also provides a calculation of one’s risk of type 2 diabetes by assessing abnormalities in lipoprotein markers that are closely associated with insulin resistance (a precursor to type 2 diabetes).
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