The Foundation of the National Lipid Association asks America, ‘What’s your number?’
Organization aims to prevent serious health problems through discussion, education about lipid testing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Foundation of the National Lipid Association (FNLA) wants America to know that one-third of adults have an elevated triglyceride number. The number in question is a key piece of an entire lipid profile, which measures blood fats (lipids). The management of triglycerides, a component of cholesterol management, is a key to preventing serious health complications such as pancreatitis.
“It’s always a good time to ask your health care provider about your numbers. We’ve aligned with National Cholesterol Education Month because it brings lipid management to the forefront and allows us to highlight the great educational resources available to patients and providers throughout the month”
Throughout the month of September, also known as National Cholesterol Education Month, patients are encouraged to ask questions to better interpret and manage their triglyceride number during visits with health care providers.
A majority of Americans do not understand the role lipids play in heart health. An integral function of lipid control is management of triglycerides — a form of fat that circulates in blood and provides energy. Despite its importance, many people do not understand the need to keep triglycerides in balance — and the importance of keeping their “number” in a healthy range.
“It’s always a good time to ask your health care provider about your numbers. We’ve aligned with National Cholesterol Education Month because it brings lipid management to the forefront and allows us to highlight the great educational resources available to patients and providers throughout the month,” said president of the FNLA, Anne C. Goldberg, MD.
A lack of lipid control can lead to heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. High triglyceride levels are another consequence of a lipid breakdown. Patients with elevated triglycerides (>200 mg/dL) are at risk. High triglycerides can be caused by:
- Diet high in fat, certain carbohydrates or sugar
- Too much alcohol
- Not enough exercise
- Being overweight
- Certain medical conditions (e.g., high blood sugar)
In a recent survey of health care providers, the National Lipid Association (NLA) discovered the need for standard protocols to remind practitioners to measure and help patients manage their total lipid profile, including triglycerides. The survey also found that health care providers would welcome patient education tools to help consumers understand the importance of triglycerides and preferred ways to keep their number low.
“We all have a lot of important numbers to know and understand when it comes to keeping our bodies healthy, but this number could unsuspectingly affect your quality of life,” said Dr. Goldberg. “Fortunately, managing triglycerides is something many patients can do on their own without medication, simply by increasing their exercise and modifying their diet.”
For more information, patients may visit www.learnyourlipids.com.
About the NLA and Foundation of the NLA
Founded in 2002, the 3,000 members of the National Lipid Association — a nonprofit, multidisciplinary medical society focused on enhancing the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine — share a common goal: to enhance the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine and to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with atherosclerotic disease. The FNLA supports patient and clinician educational, research and community outreach activities that enhance and support the initiatives of the National Lipid Association in its efforts to reduce cardiovascular events and deaths related to abnormalities of cholesterol metabolism. For more information go to www.lipid.org.