Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) naturally produced by the body and important for many functions, including the production of new cells.
Blood cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL; a deciliter is a metric measurement amounting to slightly less than half a cup). In general, cholesterol levels below 200 mg/dL are considered good; 200 to 239 mg/dL is borderline. 240 mg/dL or more is known as hyperlipidemia and is a serious risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Causes of hyperlipidemia include high levels of dietary cholesterol (from animal products; vegetables, fruits, and grains have no cholesterol) and saturated fats. Inherited genetic factors can also play a part.
Treatment includes dietary changes (typically including less animal protein, more vegetables, fruits, and grains) and exercise; weight loss is one way to reduce blood cholesterol. In certain cases, cholesterol-lowering medications are indicated.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials of investigative medications for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Qualified people participating in a trial may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel, study-related medical and psychological evaluations, and the investigative study medication at no cost.
If you have hyperlipidemia and would like to volunteer for a study, or if you know someone suffering from hyperlipidemia who may want to volunteer, please send us your request using the Join a Study form, or call us toll-free at 855-DoStudies (855.367.8834).