By NJ Thakuria
GUWAHATI, Apr 17: A lipid profile screening camp, covering a group of working journalists, indicates the necessity of urgent medical attentions for at least one tenth of the participants as their cholesterol and triglycerides levels were found far above the permissible limits. Almost half of them need life style modification (read more physical activities), added the health camp report.
Among the participants (mostly male), who are members of Guwahati Press Club belonging to the age group of 25 to 65 years, 40% showed satisfactory outcomes they were reportedly maintaining good health. Assam’s popular healthcare institution Dispur Hospital conducted the screening camp for five days (staring on 9 April 2018) free of cost, where over 130 scribes participated and out of them 13 were diagnosed with high triglyceride levels. Emphasizing on post-test consultations, the city based hospital had assigned an experienced physician on 19 April (between 2.30 pm and 5 pm) for counseling with the scribes about their blood reports. Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, a practicing physician and the managing director of Dispur Hospital advocates for regular lipid profile (lipid panel) test after certain ages, as it helps identifying genetic diseases and determining approximate risks for cardiovascular disease along with certain forms of pancreatitis.
As the doctors describe, the lipids are essential organic molecules found in blood and stored in tissues which play an important role in the functioning of a human body. The triglycerides indicate the excess fat in the body, which is stored in the fat cells. For an absolute reading, the lipid profile test is conducted after few hours of fasting. In general, if the reading remains less than 200 mg/dL, the person is safe, but if it goes above 400 mg/dL, (s) he needs medical attentions as the high triglycerides may increase the risk of heart disease and may be sign of metabolic disease like diabetes and hypertension. The low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, may cause coronary artery disease if not treated for years.