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  • What should I ask for re: blood test

    If I want to know whether my LDL level is concerning or not (fluffy vs. dense), which blood test should I ask for ? Lipoprotein subfraction?

    Thanks...

  • #2
    I think you want a VAP test (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertical_Auto_Profile). It gives you a direct measurement rather than one based on formulas. If your trigs are very low then the formulas are apparently inaccurate. Checkout this post if you haven't already :

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)

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    • #3
      A VAP test is probably best. Look for "LDL pattern type." Pattern A is large, fluffy and non-harmful, which is what you want.
      Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

      Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


      Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

      My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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      • #4
        Just a comment--I had doctors bothering me for years about my "high" LDL (which was only about 140). When my endo did a VAP test, my LDL was 100% Pattern A!

        He said that when the HDL is high (mine is always between 75 and 95) and the triglycerides are low (I'm about 50-60 all the time), he finds that the LDL is almost always the 'good' kind.

        I've saved a copy of the test for other doctors who may be 'concerned' about my cholesterol.

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone. VAP it is...

          Does insurance generally cover this? If not, and it's out of pocket, what's the general range of costs?
          Last edited by Primal; 04-11-2010, 04:42 AM.

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          • #6
            Is the VAP test better than the NMR?

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