Cholesterol is one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy life. There are a variety of functions that are affected within the body, and many of them are what keeps you from suffering from severe life threatening events. Since your cholesterol helps your body operate properly, the impact it has on some of your primary functions is detrimental. Your cholesterol not only affects your blood pressure, but it can also cause hypertension, heart complications, and eventually lead to the possibility of a stroke.
It is very important to collect the proper education on how to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. There are a variety of tests that can be very informative as well as helpful. One test that is used covers not only your total cholesterol, but it efficiently measures the particle number of cholesterol. Since it shows levels of your cholesterol, we are able to see if you have normal, low, or high particle numbers. These numbers can be the difference between an individual who is at risk for life threatening complications versus an individual who just needs to tweak their lifestyle in order to maintain their health.
Along with this test, additional tests are run to check for inflammation, like PLA2, C reactive protein tests, as well as an NMR test. During this test, the particle number is considered to be the most significant piece of information that is gathered. Due to the amount, there are many ailments that can be prevented by taking a closer look into what the test observes. A good predictor of any future, potential medical issues is the amount that is carried, as well as the size.
For instance, view your body as a large highway, the particles as cars, and the cholesterol are the passengers in the cars. Now, when you think of a traffic jam, you do not think about the number of passengers that are in the vehicles, but the number of cars that are on the road. It is the amount of cars that are resulting in the traffic jam, so you can now see why the particle number is most important and not the amount of cholesterol.
As for the size factor, the larger the particles, the harder it is for them to pass through the arterial wall, whereas smaller particles tend to cause inflammation and oxidation because they pass through the wall easily. As a result, the buildup of plaque occurs and leads to high blood pressure, heart attacks, and even strokes. The importance of finding the the source of the issue is cannot be stressed enough. If we can isolate the source of the issue using the proper tests, then we can also provide the appropriate treatment and by doing so, we can save your life.
The primary test that we run is the NMR Test, which examines the particle number of cholesterol. Having discussed the differences between the total cholesterol and the particle number of cholesterol, we now understand the importance of the two.
The particle number is what gives us a more in depth idea on what you may be at risk for. The test analyzes the P-LDL and the particle size. The doctor looks for the particle number amount in order to make sure that the numbers do not indicate any potential complications. The particle number, ideally, should be less than 1,000, and the small particle number should be less than 600.
All in all, there are many segments that play a key role in your overall health. If you want to learn more about your cholesterol, Moore Life Health Solutions can help you in finding a healthier lifestyle.
Learn more about high cholesterol by contacting Dr. Moore at Moore Life Health Solutions at (210) 525-9063 or filling out our easy online contact form.