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March 29, 2023

LDL Particle Number Goes Beyond LDL Cholesterol

Although the focus of cardiovascular disease risk assessment in the past has been the amount of cholesterol carried by the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carrier in the blood, research reveals that the LDL particle number is an even more important factor to address.

An elevated LDL particle number (LDL-P) is a better predictor of cardiovascular risk than LDL or non-HDL cholesterol levels. A higher LDL-P is associated with systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, high triglycerides, and small LDL particles that are more likely to become oxidized and cause atherosclerosis and heart disease. 

A healthy diet, avoiding trans-fats, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular exercise can help lower LDL particle number.

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