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what is the significance of lipid profile?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Predicts events.: Lipid profile tells you about risk for future heart / blood vessel disease. Smoking, hypertension, diabetes and lipids are modifiable risk factors. Non modifiable risk factors are male sex, getting older and having family history of early heart disease. At your age there is virtually no contribution of lipids to mortality within the next 20 years unless numbers very high or many risk factors.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Estimate Lipoprotein: The lipid panel measures blood cholesterol and triglycerides (tg). These lipids are carried by 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. If ldl-c and ldl-p differ, chd risk tracks with ldl-p, not ldl-c.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Estimate Lipoproteis: A lipid profile measures blood cholesterol and triglycerides (tg) carried inside lipoprotein particles (vldl, ldl, hdl). Tg is used to estimate vldl, while ldl-c and hdl-c estimate LDL and HDL particle levels. Because lipids carried in lipoproteins are highly variable, cholesterol and particle measures of LDL and HDL often differ. In such cases risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What does carbohydrates and lipids have in common?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Both foods: Our food should be a proper balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate. This can be achieved by a plant based diet.
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A member asked:

Hypothyroid and lipids, if tryglcerides are high what problems can this cause along with having hypothyroid?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
High lipids: Can lead to development of atherosclerosis if left inadequately treated. Talk to your physician about appropriate treatment of lipids & thyroid.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Treat the thyroid first, the triglycerides might improve once the thyroid is adequately treated. If lipids still bad after thyroid is treated, then you will also need to treat the triglycerides.
Sep 27, 2012
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch commented
Cardiology 22 years experience
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I completely agree with Dr. Nguyen
Sep 27, 2012
A female asked:

How good is the fingerstick cholesterol and lipid test they do at walgreens?

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Dr. Mircea Petrina
Cardiology 24 years experience
Good enough: But then you will need a doctor to interpret it based on your risk profile.
CA
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: lipid panel?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Cholesterol Test: The standard lipid panel measures levels of blood 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.
Stockton, CA
A 35-year-old female asked:

What is lipid panel? When should you take those test?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Lipid means fat: Now: artery ds starts ~ age 7. Ldl & HDL are lipoproteins, i.e. Protein particles which carry all fats in the water outside cells. Ldl is always in nmol/l, best <700, HDL in µmol/l, best large-hdl >10. See NMR particle test, <$100. Ldl particles are the primary driver of ds. Cholesterol is a fat made by every body cell, cholesterol not best test, ldl-c calculated, not measured & often misleading.

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