Get the “Truth About Cholesterol” – Video Replay

dr_spencer_nadolskyLast Tuesday, we were excited to have Dr. Spencer Nadolsky take the time to talk about cholesterol and answer our questions about how to evaluate and manage the risk of heart disease.

If you missed the live webcast, you can catch the replay here …

Armed with data, Dr. Nadolsky gives an in-depth easy-to understand explanation of why the traditional basic lipid panel is a thing of the past. If you or your doctor aren’t also looking at lipoproteins and clotting biomarkers, you’re not getting the whole picture of your cardiovascular health.

Dr. Nadolsky is a doctor who specializes in weight loss and cholesterol management. He prescribes evidence-based lifestyle changes before medication, and helps his patients to be informed, active participants in their own health.

The most important thing Dr. Nadolsky would like people to know about cholesterol is that the lipid hypothesis from the 80s and early 90s is outdated. This theory looks at the atherosclerosis-producing particles in the blood, but only takes half of the problem into account. Cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream by lipoproteins—the lipoproteins are the boat, while cholesterol is the cargo. Damage is done when the lipoprotein boat crashes into the walls of the arteries. That means that no matter how much cholesterol it is carrying, the lipoprotein does the same amount of damage to the blood vessels. So it makes sense that measuring the lipoproteins would give you a better idea of your level of risk than measuring the level of cholesterol alone.

The lipoprotein in question is apolipoprotein-B, or ApoB. If you go through WellnessFX, this test is part of the advanced cholesterol panel available in the Baseline, Performance,  and Premium packages.

Other biomarkers that can reveal the risk of CVD

Dr. Nadolsky touched on a few other important cholesterol biomarkers that let you take a more advanced look into your heart’s health.

hs-CRP: Paired with ApoB, checking your hs-CRP levels can give you an accurate view of the level of inflammation in the body and how it’s affecting your vascular health.

Fibrinogen: While not an independent risk factor, fibrinogen levels add depth to your cardiovascular profile, and can paint a clearer picture of your overall risk.

Homocysteine: An inflammatory and clotting protein that’s a predictor of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Lp-PLA2: An independent risk factor for heart disease, Lp-PLA2 is a lipoprotein that creates free radicals and inflammation in the body.

If you ordered a Baseline or Performance Package, you’ll find hs-CRP on your dashboard. If you’ve ordered the Premium Package, you can also take a closer look at your Lp-PLA2, fibrinogen, and homocysteine levels.

Check out the video for this information and much more. Dr. Nadolsky talks about insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, the link between ApoB and thyroid hormones, and gives lifestyle and supplement suggestions (or prescriptions, if necessary) for getting leaner and meaner. He even touches on the controversial trend of blending a quarter-stick of butter into your morning coffee.

If you’d like to talk more about your own cholesterol, ApoB, or other lipid biomarkers, schedule an online consultation with Dr. Nadolsky today!

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