Since cholesterol levels really don’t tell us what we want to know about how healthy we are, what should be looking at instead? It turns out that homocystein levels are a much better predictor for hearth disease. Specifically, a homocystein level greater than .5 is a risk factor. Thought LDL was bad? Guess again. Oxidised LDL, LDL that has been damaged due to inadequate antioxidants in the body, is a predictor for heart disease.
Diabetes screening may be making some improvements. Rather than the glucose challenge test where you drink that wretched chemical-sugar solution, docs are starting to look at hemoglobin (HA1C) to see who is predisposed to diabetes (levels above 5 indicate pre-diabetes and levels above 6.5 indicate diabetes).