- Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) Test
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Lipoprofile
To illustrate how poor of an indicator the total lipid number is, Richard of Free the Animal (a paleo diet blog) took an NMR Lipoprofile test and posted the results online. If you click on the link to see his results, you will notice that his total lipid number is 275 mg/dL, which would cause many doctors to jump out of their seats and start writing prescriptions for statins. Mainstream medicine generally recommends keeping the total blood lipids under 200mg/dL. However, if you scroll down, you will see that his LDLs are strongly considered pattern A, indicating no concern for heart disease whatsoever! Imagine what would happen to this healthy individual if he had no idea what his particle size was and his doctor convinced him that statins were necessary!
Clearly, LDL and total lipid numbers are poor indicators of cardiovascular health. To see the gray area that regular blood tests can't show, go for a VAP or NMR Lipoprofile test.