Improved Health Screening

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).