Did you know that high cholesterol is an important focus in several of the clinical trials we conduct here in Birmingham? It’s a medical condition that affects many Americans, and we’re keen to learn how best to meet the challenge. You might already be aware that there are several ways doctors can treat people with high cholesterol, but these don’t work for everyone. Those who are looking for something different may be perfect candidates for a clinical trial here at Achieve Clinical Research.
Before learning more about this condition, one should note just how important the waxy substance called cholesterol is. Without it, the human body would not be able to produce healthy new cells. Fortunately, the body is also capable of producing all the cholesterol it would need on it’s own. Unfortunately, cholesterol is also absorbed from food that is consumed.
Would you know if you have high cholesterol? Most people may find it odd that one could be living with a serious condition and not know it. However, this is what happens in many cases. The truth is that you won’t know for sure until you’ve gotten your cholesterol levels tested at a clinic.
Some Surprising Facts About High Cholesterol
- The human body doesn’t require any cholesterol from the diet
- Women’s cholesterol levels tend to rise after menopause
- High cholesterol can be inherited
- Children can develop high cholesterol
- Uncommonly low cholesterol levels can also be a health risk
High cholesterol has been at the center of many great debates over the years. Some people disagree over how best to treat it, others have strong opinions on how to prevent high cholesterol. The research shows that high levels of cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque (fatty deposits), which means it’s that much more difficult for blood to be pumped through the body. This can put a person at risk for:
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
What Causes High Cholesterol?
Plenty of research has supported the notion that the individual’s propensity towards developing high cholesterol can be inherited. On the other hand, any specialist will tell you that most cases are the result of poor dieting habits and a lack of regular physical fitness. One of the most effective ways to lower your cholesterol is by implementing some healthier lifestyle habits.
There are also a variety of medications which have been designed to specifically combat factors which lead to higher retention of cholesterol. These drugs are more appropriate for people who aren’t able to metabolize cholesterol efficiently, thus their levels would be high even if they’ve eliminated saturated fats and started exercising regularly.
Different Classifications of Cholesterol
Cholesterol is vital for a variety of important bodily systems and functions. So the waxy substance gets attached to specific proteins and transported through the bloodstream. The combination of cholesterol and protein is called a lipoprotein. These lipoproteins don’t all carry the same type of cholesterol. There are different classifications known as:
- Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) – This is referred to as “bad” cholesterol, since it tends to form the majority of plaque that can obstruct and harden the arteries.
- Very-Low-Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) – This carries the largest concentration of fat cells (triglycerides) and contributes to the overall size of LDL cholesterol.
- High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) – Also referred to as “good” cholesterol, HDL cleans of leftover cholesterol particles and transports them back to the liver.
Anyone who is interested in one of our high cholesterol clinical trials should know that the level of participation does vary depending on the study protocol. Participating in a clinical trial in Birmingham, AL may only require agreeing to let our researchers have a copy of your test results– most will require a little more involvement than that.
All participants will be compensated for time and travel, and any study related care. The following are all provided free of charge:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory services
- Study related medication
Read more posts about High Cholesterol on the Achieve Clinical Blog.
High Cholesterol Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL
Achieve Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our high cholesterol clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
An Informational Video on High Cholesterol
Additional Resources for Patients with High Cholesterol
If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in a high cholesterol clinical trial. Also, our sister site Avail Clinical Research conducts high cholesterol clinical trials in DeLand, Florida.