lipid profile

HDL vs. LDL: Which Cholesterol Number Is More Important?

You’ve probably heard high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol described as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But when it comes to which type of cholesterol is most important to control, who wins the HDL vs. LDL matchup? If only it were that simple. There's considerable debate … Read More

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is the most common thyroid disease in the United States, affecting 5 in every 100 people. An autoimmune disease that frequently leads to hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones), it is eight times more common in women. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs when … Read More

What Are Triglycerides? And How Do We Keep Our Levels in Check?

Triglycerides are important to our bodies. They're composed of glycerol and three fatty acids, hence the name “triglycerides.” In your body, they combine with blood proteins to form lipoproteins. The liver then sends those lipoproteins (the cholesterols LDL and HDL are lipoproteins) out to transport fats to other tissues to … Read More

Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

Unintentional weight loss occurs in 15 percent to 20 percent of older adults, says the American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP). It’s also associated with increased morbidity and mortality. That’s one out of every five seniors experiencing unintentional weight loss that can directly affect their longevity. It’s especially sobering to … Read More

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably … Read More

Annual Physical: Still a Best Practice for Staying Healthy

It’s ironic that while many people are avoiding the doctor for fear of what it will cost, some medical experts are debating the value of the one “free” aspect of the Affordable Care Act: an annual physical (a.k.a. preventative exam) and appropriate screening tests. The annual physical and screening tests … Read More

What’s Considered a “Normal” Triglyceride Level?

Coursing through your bloodstream right now are compounds called lipids, which are fats, oils, hormones, and cholesterol. Some are helpful and necessary. Others aren’t. While HDL and LDL cholesterol get most of the attention when it comes to your lipid profile and how it relates to your risk of heart … Read More

Lipid Profile: Key Blood Test for Assessing Your Cardiac Risk

A lipid profile—also called a lipid panel—is a blood test that gives your doctor a head-up as to abnormalities in your cholesterol level. The lipid profile includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, cholesterol-HDL ratio, LDL-HDL ratio, and triglycerides. A fairly routine test, a lipid profile is an indicator of … Read More

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