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Practical Diabetology Highlights Advanced Lipid Testing for Type 2 Diabetes Patients
Date:9/17/2010

underestimate the number of lipoprotein particles that can lead to atherosclerotic plaques," Cobble said. "When it comes to diabetic patients, the standard test simply doesn't give us enough data to make the best decisions for our patients."

Advanced lipid tests provide a more sophisticated measurement of LDL, HDL, VLDL, non-HDL and other lipid subcomponents. The Vertical Auto Profile (VAP), for example, reports the relative distribution of cholesterol content of all lipoproteins and subfractions — 22 components of blood cholesterol to be exact — at no additional cost.

The VAP Test includes Lp(a) and reports all three lipoprotein parameters — LDL, non-HDL and apoB — considered necessary by the expert consensus guidelines issued by the American Diabetes Association and American College of Cardiology. Unlike the standard lipid profile, the VAP Test directly measures LDL and is therefore unaffected by triglycerides, allowing the test to be performed in non-fasting patients. The VAP Test reports all lipoproteins and apolipoproteins, including apoA1 and the apoB/apoA1 ratio, and it can identify triglyceride remnant markers for Metabolic Syndrome, a precursor and coexistor to diabetes.

Practical Diabetology provides practical information to physicians to enhance the care and treatment of diabetes patients. It is published quarterly and available by subscription by calling 212-989-0200. The VAP Test is available nationwide and widely covered by insurance. For more information call 877-901-8510  or visit www.atherotech.com. Atherotech Diagnostics Lab is on Twitter, @Atherotech, and also on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Atherotech.

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