Blog 1/19/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: How’s Your Cholesterol?

Your Lipid Profile Can Tell You. The blood test, also called a lipid panel, gauges heart health

The weight around your middle may not matter. Even thin people can carry too much fat (lipids) in their blood.

Lipid profile: What you should know

Lipid profile measures good cholesterol, bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
When too much bad low-density protein (LDL) cholesterol builds up in your blood vessels, it causes blockages, increasing risks for heart disease, stroke and other blood vessel problems.

Blood cholesterol comes from the food you eat, namely meat and dairy products. But your body also makes cholesterol, and genetic conditions in your family can cause your body to have high cholesterol, even if you watch your diet and have a healthy weight.

Here’s when to have your first lipid profile:

• By age 35 for men, then every five years if results are normal
• By age 45 for women, then every five years if results are normal
• Earlier and more often if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease
• For accurate results: No eating or drinking (except water) for 8 to 12 hours before the test!










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If your results are abnormal, don’t worry! Talk to your doctor to determine next steps. Diet and exercise changes may be all you need to improve your scores. Cholesterol-lowering medication may help too.

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SOURCE: Sidhu, D.; Naugler, C. (2012). “Fasting Time and Lipid Levels in a Community-Based Population: A Cross-sectional Study / Fasting Time and Lipid Levels”. Archives of Internal Medicine. 172 (22): 1–4. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3708. PMID 23147400


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