Do you rely on the currently used archaic cholesterol tests?
We all know that having too many lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) in your blood can lead to buildup in your blood vessels and arteries, which can cause damage and increase your risk of cardiovascular issues, but there is a problem; conventional medicine still relies on the traditional archaic test developed in the 1960’s that provide very poor information (high, low, good or bad cholesterol) to effectively treat a patient with cholesterol problems.
Today we have more advanced tests available that produce pages of important granular information such as particle size, genetic predisposition, ratios, inflammation/ oxidation, cholesterol, and fatty acid balance, as well as metabolic function and chemistry that allows us to more accurately evaluate the risk and potentially avoid the long list of unwanted side effects of statin medicines.
A perfect example is the case of my office manager, 65 years old with a lifetime of total high cholesterol (around 240) and with a history of taking prescribed statins. When I performed my advanced test, I found out that he doesn’t have a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular problems. All his different types of cholesterol particle sizes are large (doesn’t stick to artery walls), and all other markers are in the moderate to normal ranges.
To put his mind to ease, I also ordered a Calcium Score Test (MRI of major arteries that show calcification percentage). Unbelievably, his score is zero!
That is why we employ more advanced tests in functional medicine to find meaningful answers. My manager didn’t need any medication since his cholesterol level was normal for his particular organism, and his problem was resolved.