Low Carb Friends  
Netrition.com - Tools - Recipes - Home

Go Back   Low Carb Friends > Health Support Groups > General Health/Medical Issues
FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Forum Jump
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-14-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: West of Philly
Posts: 520
Gallery: Garlic
Stats: 326 / 260 / 175
WOE: Atkins 2010
Start Date: May 25th, 2013
A VAP test question

I understand that a VAP test tells more about cholesterol levels than a standard test. I also know that I would like one in September when I have my next blood test. Anyway, will I have to pay for that out of pocket, since it goes above and beyond a standard test?
Garlic is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old 06-14-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
ravenrose's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: California
Posts: 3,566
Gallery: ravenrose
Stats: lost 130 lb so far, and miles to go before I sleep
WOE: low carb controlled calorie
Start Date: June, 2009
if your doctor orders it and you have some diagnosis to support it, I expect it would be covered, but you can call the number on the back of your med ins card (or somewhere!) and ask. that is the best thing to do. these tests are EXPENSIVE.
Often I don't come back to read threads where I've posted. If you want me to see something, please send me a private message. Thanks!
ravenrose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
Fat Burning Machine Extraordinaire!
DiamondDeb's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 12,045
Gallery: DiamondDeb
Stats: 150+ lbs lost
I don't recall the particulars but a while back I was researching because I wanted to have a VAP done. I read that the VAP info really doesn't give info that is more useful. It will tell more but the info is not helpful. I am pretty sure this is because most current research does not support that cholesterol is connected to heart disease in the first place.

"Good" cholesterol - HDL - is also now said not to be particularly good. Not bad, just not good. Just as "bad" cholesterol - LDL - is not really bad.
Living by Faith

Get the right perspective. When Goliath came against the Israelites,
the soldiers all thought, He is so big. We can never kill him."
David looked at the same giant and thought, "He is so big. I can't miss." ~ Russell Johnston
DiamondDeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #4
Junior LCF Member
exotec's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: mid-central FL
Posts: 50
Gallery: exotec
Stats: 380/216/130
WOE: Primal lo-carb
Start Date: Sept 2007 :-(
I'm not sure what "VAP" is... I recently requested a lipoprotein fractionization panel, which may be what you're referring to. This gives triglyceride particle sizes. Is that what you mean?

My results made me pretty happy. I've been supplementing with omega-3s like crazy, and it appears to be paying off. My very small LDL is at the bottom of the range (mine=319, range 313-809). My "large, fluffy" HDL is 7844 on a scale of 5038-17886. I'd like to boost that, if I can.

From current thought, cholesterol ranges are a bit low for women; especially for middle-aged or older women. Cholesterol isn't the culprit - you need cholesterol! In fact, recent observational studies indicate that low cholesterol is a factor in heart disease, not high! Mine is 156 at last check and I'd be happy to see it in the 200s somewhere.

I'm not sure what the cost was for the test. I ordered it through my GP, who was perfectly willing to comply, since he had the appropriate diagnosis code! Evidently insurance will pay for it if it's appropriate to your healthcare plan. I think that might entail something as simple as management or prevention of CVD! a pretty common notation on most peoples' charts, I would think. You might at least query your GP about it. Most of them won't think of it unless they're prompted.
exotec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2013, 04:38 AM   #5
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Posts: 1,792
Gallery: watcher513
Another name for it I believe is the NMR test. Check around for prices if you have to pay for it. Directlabs was the least I've found so far at $127, just checking a couple of places (healthcheckusa also, but more $).
watcher513 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:03 PM.

Copyright ©1999-2017 Netrition, Inc. All rights reserved. - Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
LowCarbFriends® is a registered mark of Netrition, Inc.