Is Your Cholesterol Fluffy or Sticky?

Is Your Cholesterol Fluffy or Sticky?

At age 63, I am still working on my cholesterol numbers. But, according to recent studies, cholesterol numbers are history.

I have recently found out that for the most effective detection, prevention, and treatment of heart disease, it’s critical to measure the LDL cholesterol particle size. In fact, this single test is probably one of the most important health assessments your doctor can run.

The Test You Should Take

There is advanced testing available throughout the country for the VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) assessment which isolates the lipoprotein particles and identifies specific patterns of cholesterol health. This test is unique because it can identify more areas of risk to patients than the standard lipid panel. It can report 15 separate components, as opposed to four in the standard cholesterol test.

Type A or Type B?

If you have the pattern known as the type A cholesterol profile, breathe easy! This means that your cholesterol is the large fluffy kind which is not related to the oxidative stress and inflammation associated with full blown heart disease.

On the other hand, if you have the type B pattern profile, your LDL cholesterol is composed of small, sticky compact articles that are especially atherogenic and inflammatory resulting in arterial plaque.

If you are type B like myself, you will want to supplement with this effective, well-rounded foursome:

  • CoQ10 (100-300mg) to fuel the heart
  • L-Carnitine (500-4,000mg) to transport critical fatty acids into the muscle cells of the heart
  • D-Ribose (5 grams) to increase cellular function and energy recovery
  • Magnesium (400-800mg) to relax arterial walls and reduce blood pressure.

Another way to keep your cholesterol in check is to eat more natural anti-inflammatories like wild salmon, berries, grass-fed meat, vegetables, nuts, beans, dark chocolate, garlic, turmeric, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Remember the size—not the number—doesn’t just matter, it’s a major piece of your cholesterol profile!

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Comments (9)

  • Ellen October 2, 2013 - 9:55 pm Reply

    Cholesterol isn’t something I fully understand, but this article really helped me get a grip on the basics. Thank you, Bonnie!

  • Stacy January 19, 2016 - 9:30 pm Reply

    What about O and AB blood types?

    • UKadmin April 26, 2016 - 10:49 pm Reply

      Hi Stacy – the “Type A” and “Type B” in the article refer to the two different cholesterol types, not blood types. So, no matter what your blood type, you either have A or B cholesterol!

  • Karen February 6, 2017 - 4:01 pm Reply

    I’ve been eating an anti-immflamatory diet for over 20 years and very fit! I was shocked to learn that my LDL small particles is high and HDL is only 44. My doctor wants to put me on statins. I read that statins does not raise HDL and not sure if it will make my LDL fluffy.
    I’ve been taking all the supplements that supposedly helps with LDP and overall cholesterol, which for me is 177/44.
    at this point, I am at a road block. Any recommendations?
    Thank you!

    • UKadmin February 7, 2017 - 9:21 pm Reply

      Hi Karen – Thanks for your comment. We specifically asked Ann Louise Gittleman about this and exercise will raise HDL better than anything!

  • Sue June 12, 2017 - 9:48 am Reply

    I had a TIA and now my doctor has put me on Lipitor. I feel I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I’m not sitting well with this. Either I take Lipitor and risk all kinds of health issues or don’t take it and have a stroke? How much scientific evidence has been produced about taking natural vitamins etc.to eliminate the sticky cholesterol in your body? I just don’t know what to think.

    • UKadmin June 13, 2017 - 7:26 pm Reply

      Hi Sue – In your case, we would especially recommend the book, The Cholesterol Myth by Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD and Jonny Bowden which provide you with the most updated research to help answer your question. If you do decide to take Lipitor, perhaps your doctor will agree to give you the lowest possible therapeutic dose. You might want to consider supplementing with CoQ10 to avert side effects.

  • Sos September 12, 2017 - 12:49 am Reply

    Can the results of your VAP test change?
    Will you always be a type “A” or “B”? Is it subject to change with age, diet, etc.?

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