Dyslipidemia is one of the top 5 risk factors for cardiovascular disease, alongside hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and obesity.1 Several genetic phenotypes such as apolipoprotein E (APOE) result in variable serum lipid responses to diet, as well as contribute to cardiovascular disease.2 Recent studies suggest that increasing dietary cholesterol does not significantly alter serum total or LDL cholesterol levels or heart disease risk.3 Reducing refined carbohydrate intake such as sugars, bread, white potatoes, white rice, starches, and low fiber carbohydrates may be more important in improving serum lipids than altering intake of saturated fats and cholesterol.4-6 Expanded lipid profiles that measure lipids, lipid subfractions, particle size and number, and APOB and APOA are preferred over standard lipid profiles that measure only the total lipid levels.7

Although statins are heavily advertised to the general public as the cure-all for dyslipidemia, they have been linked to muscle pain, muscle weakness, abnormal liver function tests, neuropathy, memory loss, glucose intolerance and diabetes amongst many other side effects.8 Great results have been achieved through integrated therapy that emphasizes nutritional modification, dietary supplements, and exercise.9 Dietary supplements include niacin, red yeast rice, omega-3 fatty acids, soy, and flax seed amongst others.

At Rocky Mountain Regenerative Medicine, we have an in-depth understanding of dyslipidemia beyond the traditional measures used by many primary care providers. More importantly, we understand how to reduce those markers and in doing so, reduce risk of stroke and heart attacks.

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