Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - February 2018

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Lipoprotein(a): An Important Risk Factor for Heart Disease

  Most people assume that standard cholesterol testing offers an adequate assessment of heart disease risk. If you, like many, have never heard of a lipoprotein profile test, you may be surprised to learn that this test assesses an important risk factor called Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a) (“lipoprotein little a”). Influenced by genetics and strongly linked to heart disease and blood clotting problems, this risk factor unfortunately is NOT part of routine cholesterol tests or standard lipid p... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fasting-Mimicking Diet Helps You Eat Your (Own) Heart Out - Reducing Cardiovascular Disease

As we stroll into heart month (Feb), still the #1 killer of Americans - 20 years after the declaration to reduce heart-related deaths - here we are. Still. Trying like heck to reduce the risk of heart-related (and other co-morbidities) incidences. According to statistics from the CDC in 2016, 610,000 heart-related deaths occur each year and it is the leading cause of death in both men and women. That is 1 in 4 Americans. Why are we still here? After all, we know what we can do: exercise more... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, February 8, 2018

Clearing Up the Cholesterol Confusion

Consider this startling statistic: 50% of people who have heart attacks have "normal" cholesterol.  Stated differently, half of all heart attack victims could have a routine cholesterol test done on the very day they have a heart attack and their cholesterol (by routine testing standards) would be "normal" range. So, why do so many practitioners use a diagnostic test that is only 50% accurate?  The reason is simple:  it’s the test with which they are familiar and have been... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, January 31, 2018