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A 37-year-old female asked:

the dr wants to take a lipid test every 3mo. is that normal if so what are they looking for?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not usually: Only your doctor knows the specifics of your situation. That said, if you're treated with a statin, the 2013 American Heart Association guidelines advise that it need not be checked again as they advise against "treating to target." Perhaps your Dr is monitoring your diet - then it would be reasonable to see your progress.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Lipid checks.: The frequency of testing would really depend on your clinical situation. If you're managing your lipids by diet, exercise and weight loss then it may be acceptable to check your numbers every three months to see how you're doing. If you're on medication as well, and your dose is stable and numbers are acceptable, then checking once or twice a year may be acceptable.

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What are diseases caused by excess of lipids?

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What is a fasting lipids test?

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What is a lipid nmr? When is it needed?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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MRI of LDL/check-up.: This profile is a special test that uses nuclear magnetic resonance or NMR to observe the amount and type(s) of your LDL particles in your body, along with vldl and hdl. With this, your doctor can make more accurate treatment decisions. Since about 50% of heart attacks occur in those with good readings, and the risk goes up with issues like diabetes, and high blood pressure, it is wise to do it.
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What is the definition or description of: lipid?

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Fats: Lipids are fats. A common example of lipids refer to blood fats - cholesterol and triglycerides (tg). These lipids are carried in the circulation by various lipoprotein particles such as tg rich vldl and cholesterol rich LDL and hdl. Tg is used to estimate vldl concentration, while the cholesterol carried in LDL and HDL (ldl-c and hdl-c) is used to estimate LDL and HDL particle concentrations.
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Could you tell me what are diseases caused by shortage or excessive of lipids?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Age dependent: Children need lipids for brain development. There are no adult lipid deficiency diseases. Vitmins a, e, d and k are fat soluble - prolonged diets with no fat (like all water diets) can cause vitamin deficiencies. Excess fats can lead to pancreatitis and premature or accelerated arteriosclerosis.

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