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Researchers Tie Cholesterol Levels in Women to Menstrual Cycle Phase
NIH Findings May Have Implications for Testing
By News Staff
Conversely, total cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels started to decline a few days after ovulation began and reached their lowest levels just before menstruation began.
The total cholesterol levels of the study's participants varied by nearly 20 percent during the course of their cycles.
Study co-author Erique Schisterman, Ph.D., said in a news release that when preliminary test results indicate high cholesterol, physicians often order a follow-up test for confirmation. Schisterman suggested that physicians could instead take one test at the end of a woman's cycle when cholesterol levels are low.
The researchers, however, acknowledged that further study could help clarify the optimal time for physicians to test a women's cholesterol levels.
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