I have mentioned previously about how the number of cars on the blood stream highway is considered a better indicator of potential heart disease than the simple LDL cholesterol count that we get at the doctors. The more cars on the highway the greater chance of collisions into the arterial wall and the damage that comes with this. It is possible to have a highish Cholesterol count but a low particle number. In this case we have lots of passengers in each car, a car sharing scheme in effect.
I have yet to find a UK source for particle number test but I have just been informed that Blue Horizon who do my blood tests are introducing it quite soon. I will post up when this happens with details.
In the meantime I posted previously that my partners battle with high blood pressure had taken a positive turn with the use of Hawthorn Berry. This proved to be a false dawn as things reverted to the usual high readings. Thankfully though we may have found an alternative but unoriginal solution. On our previous holiday 6 months ago we returned to find her readings to be in much better shape, around 140/85 instead of the usual 165/ 95. My suspicion was that this was due to the fact that we do a lot of walking when away and even some cycling.. A more recent break away in which we are once again wearing out the shoe leather has resulted in a drop to 138/80. This now seems to be too compelling to be considered a coincidence. The question is how do we keep this going for her back home. My partner does not really like walking at home as a past time, she is more of dance/aerobics background which is out of the question with a set of knees that would make a horse very nervous. What we are going to try is a stationary bike machine with a set of learn Portugese CD’s to replace the feeling of going nowhere with some sort of productivity. I will post later on the end result of this experiment, hopefully the pressure will stay down. Isn’t it a pity that you do not get this kind of personalised, drilling down to solutions from your GP instead of the lazy option of take the pills and go away.
There is a discussion here on the Dr Oz show with Dr Sinatra on why the simplistic cholesterol levels we get from out NHS tests are inappropriate and what we should be asking for.
Also here is a paper that shows that when LDL C (thats the reading you get from your doctor) is highish but your LDL P (number of cars on the highway) is low, the better predictor of future problems is the LDL P. In other words the number of particles is more predictive than the total amount of cholesterol being carried within them.