Cholesterol As A Signpost. Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Our Patients

  • As Naturopathic Doctors we are the experts in implementing Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, which are aimed at mitigating the diet and lifestyle choices shown to be the main causes of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Canada.
    True risk factors of endothelial dysfunction including sexual determinants will be explored as to their origin and treatment. A clinically oriented review of lipid biochemistry and metabolism will elucidate current testing shortcomings and suggest better alternatives.
    Information from the emerging field of genomic medicine/Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) as to their relation with CVD susceptibility and progression will be included. Along with an in-depth analysis of current nutraceuticals made available for treating dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease progression. Are they working? Do we have better tools and treatments available?
    Objectives:
    • Participants will have an understanding of lipid metabolism and cardiovascular disease initiation/progression
    • Participants will be able to identify key testing and assessments to tailor an individualized approach to CVD.
    • Participants will be able to identify clinically relevant nutraceuticals that will benefit our patient population