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Skin sterol study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

People with high levels of skin tissue cholesterol and C-reactive protein have nearly double the risk of metabolic syndrome compared to those without elevated levels of both markers, according to data presented by PreMD at the American Heart Association's Annual Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology conference in Toronto April 27. The study used PREVU* Point Of Care Skin Sterol Test to measure skin sterol and C-reactive protein levels in 301 patients with established coronary artery disease to assess whether the two markers could help predict metabolic syndrome. "The prevalence of metabolic syndrome in was significantly higher in patients who scored highest for both skin sterol and C-reactive protein, and remained significant after adjustment for age and gender, compared to isolated elevators of either marker alone," Milan Gupta, MD, McMaster University, Ontario, et al., state. PreMD is currently investigating a home-use version of the PREVU* test, which is currently designed for use by medical professionals. However, the home-use product has not yet entered the clinical stage, a spokesperson says...

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