As you may know, as “cholesterol expert” I’ve written many articles for Answers.com, which you can find in two places. First, on the cholesterol page of the Answers.com site. Also I have all the articles listed by title on the “Answers.com Published Articles” page on this Going Lo-Co site.
And now, new news…
This week, Answers.com added a new page to their site: a Q&A with me. Of course, if you have cholesterol questions, you can always email me/comment right here on the Going Lo-Co site. But now you can also ask me a question (but not,
Measuring progress toward a goal can be oh, so rewarding (or, um, not)… and I recently found myself wondering whether there was an easy, inexpensive way for me to track how things are going with my lowering-cholesterol-with-just-lifestyle-changes ‘program’ in between doctor visits.
It turns out there is: there are several home cholesterol tests available online and in retail stores – and a few of them are even FDA-approved.
Indeed, according to the FDA site, some of these home cholesterol tests are, “about as accurate as the test your doctor uses, but you must follow the directions carefully.” The directions have to do with fasting –
Did you know there are quick, easy-to-use, online calculators that will tell you how likely you are to have a heart attack in the next 10 years?
There are several, in fact. Most of these online risk calculators are based on the Framingham risk score, which assesses heart disease risk in the next 10 years based on six pieces of information: age, sex, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, smoking status and systolic blood pressure.
The Reynolds risk score goes beyond the Framingham risk score. In addition to all the factors required by the Framingham risk score, the Reynolds risk score asks for C-reactive protein test results (which are not included in a typical lipid panel) and whether a parent had a heart attack before age 60.
A few months ago, I got an email from the online behemoth Answers.com about this very blog: they liked Going Lo-Co (!!) and asked if I’d be interested in becoming an Answers.com category expert. After a writing test, an editing test, and much back-and-forthing, I am pleased to announce that I am now publishing articles as the cholesterol ‘category expert’ on Answers.com.
Check out the Answers.com overall cholesterol page; it has many useful articles, a few I’ve written and many written by others. It’s a good place to learn more about cholesterol.