Lipids are a family of molecules that store energy, serve as components of cell membranes, surround and protect organs, aid in temperature regulation and control many other functions in the body.

A biomarker is a measurable indicator of a biological state or condition.

The Lipospectrum technology can be used to identify and quantify thousands of lipid species to document the lipid profiles of individuals and to identify lipid changes which have been shown in disorders including many types of cancers (such as: breast, prostate, colon, pancreas), obesity, hypertension, stroke, and heart disease. The changes that occur in lipids due to disease progression or the effectiveness of treatment can also be studied and monitored.

Lipids

What are lipids?

Lipids are molecules present in your blood and are the building blocks of the functions and structures of living cells.

Research has shown a relationship between certain lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, and heart conditions, as well as various cancers and other diseases.

Lipid analytics brings a better understanding of the associations between lipids and health.

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Why have your lipid profile determined?

To establish a baseline lipid profile for yourself and your family.

When individuals begin experiencing adverse health conditions, their blood lipids may reflect these changes – even if the person is not experiencing any symptoms.

Monitoring your blood lipids over time and comparing them to normal ranges can shed light on the link between blood lipid levels and disease conditions.

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Which Diseases?

Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease
Inflammatory disease
Breast cancer
Colon cancer
Prostate cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Diabetes
Alzheimer’s disease

Lipospectrum has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of a program to conduct large-scale studies of lipid profiles. The resultant lipid profiles can be very informative for individuals wanting to understand their health status at the molecular level.  These studies will provide the data necessary to develop the baseline understanding that could lead to the ability to diagnose diseases in the future.  In turn, this could lead to far less invasive, extremely early warning and treatment of diseases that are often not easily managed, controlled, or treated if they are not discovered at very early stages. Additionally, this may also lead to tests to diagnose some diseases for which there is currently no good diagnostic test available. The ability to monitor any changes in an individual’s lipid profile could also lead to the “real-time” monitoring of the effectiveness of drug and other therapies.

Differences between Genomics and Lipidomics:

Genomic Testing Lipidomic Testing
Genomics
(understanding your DNA)
Lipidomics
(understanding your lipids at the molecular level):
While genetic testing can tell you if you have a predisposition to a disease or condition, it does not provide information about your current health status. Your Lipid profile provides a unique snapshot of your health  at the time of testing, and enables future  tracking over time.
Genetic testing only reveals a potential risk factor – not that you will, or will not, contract the disease or condition. Your lipid profile identifies the presence of  lipid biomarkers which may lead to an early indication of the presence of  lipid-based diseases – maybe before symptoms are present.
Genetic testing is only done once; since DNA does not change with the presence of a disease or condition. Your lipid profile is a “real-time” indicator of your health status at the time of the test. Annual testing can be done to allow you to monitor any changes in your current health status. If biomarker changes of concern are observed, more frequent monitoring may then be advisable and provide you with the tools to monitor and take charge of your wellness.