Monday, November 23, 2009

No Need to Fast for a Cholesterol Test

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have found that there is no need to fast before a cholesterol test it has been advised for decades to do this to get a more accurate LDL (bad) cholesterol number.

However after data from 300, 000 patients was analyzed the results show that the numbers were just as accurate as if they had eaten before the test. Also apolipoprotein testing was of no added benefit.

So maybe it will be easier in future to have a quick lipid check up in the doctors office.

The American Heart Association Recommends:

  • Total Cholesterol: Less then 200mg/dL
  • HDL (good) more than 40mg/dL for men and more than 50mg/dL for women
  • Triglycerides: less than 150mg/dL
  • LDL: less than 100mg/dL
Ensure a healthy balanced diet rich in monounsaturated fats like olive oil, eliminate trans fats (found in a lot of fast foods, stick margarines and convenience foods), eat lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Also know your numbers, you are in control of your health, and can be in the best shape possible.

I have just read an article in the NY times where scientists are developing nano particles to mimic HDL good cholesterol and mop up cholesterol in the articles and possible reverse some of the damage of atherosclerosis (hardening of the articles), WOW



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