Why we measure ApoB

Lanby Team

What is ApoB?

With 25% of deaths being attributed to cardiovascular health in the US, and 80% of heart health issues being preventable, it's critical to take a closer look at this artery-clogging, plaque-building protein.

ApoB (apolipoprotein B) comes in two forms, one produced in the intestines, the other in the liver. Both have a negative impact on our arteries. ApoB is found in our LDL (low-density lipoprotein), which accounts for most of the "bad kind" of cholesterol. (You'll also find it in other non-HDL lipoproteins, VLDL and IDL).

Why measure it?

With that in mind, research has shown that ApoB can actually be a better predictor of cardiovascular health than LDL cholesterol (which makes sense, because you're going straight to the source).

Though not yet widely standardized, at The Lanby, we include an ApoB test in a large portion of our lab panels. We optimally like to see an ApoB level of <90 mg/dL.

How can you lower it?

You guessed it: better diet, better lifestyle habits. Dietary action items to improve heart health include: 

  • Eat fewer trans and saturated fats
  • Swap animal proteins for vegetable proteins (i.e., organic soy)
  • Increase intake of fiber-rich foods
  • Reduce intake of refined sugars (particularly fructose) and grains