Do We Need a Cholesterol Registry?

Topics: High Cholesterol, Wellness and Health

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) has documented exactly what people do who have lost weight and kept it off.  Over 5000 people have lost an average of 66 lbs and kept it off for 5.5 years.

The research of the weight control registry helps me coach my clients to long term weight loss too. I use it every day both in ChefMD and in Chef Clinic.

Many of my patients have lowered their LDL cholesterol levels by 50% and raised their HDLs by 40% with diet and lifestyle changes.

So I thought it might be helpful to create a site like NWCR which told the stories of people who have been successful, including changing the shape and size of their cholesterol, from unhealthy to healthy.

Chef Clinic is teaming up with nutrition firm Provident Clinical Research to work together to make this a reality.  If you’re in the Chicago area, Provident is offering free cholesterol screenings currently.

I mention the idea of a cholesterol registry in my first PBS Special, raising money for public TV (the Special airs nationwide starting March 5 2011: @EatCookHealthy has local PBS broadcast times a few hours before air time; Super Healthy Combo pledge gifts here; video preview available).

What should a cholesterol registry do? Should it do research, offer testing, tell best stories, create or rank supplements, give best recipes, or give discounts on meds and tests? What would interest you?

  • Adip

    Very Inspiring

  • Very kind…thanks so much.

  • tmana

    Based on some of the news items in aggregators such as Ivanhoe and Diabetes in Control, I subnit that capturing the absolute and relative levels of an individual’s lipid profile without relating it to the rest of his medical profile may give our practicing physicians the belief that the more strongly an individual component leans in the opposite direction of “high risk”, the safer he is. What we seem to be learning is that there are risks, as well as pathological conditions, associated with (for example) very low LDL levels or very high HDL levels

  • Yes, very high HDL levels (rare,but possible with specific medications, with one Pfizer trial recently discontinued because of it) can be atherogenic.
    A good resource about very high HDL is here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/121187-overview
    Very low LDL has been associated with some cancers, and HDL may not be predictive of heart disease risk when LDL is very low.
    More on this on Medscape: http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/725980
    All of these changes are brought about with medication.