Category Archives: MyPerioPath

MyPerioPath 8 Month Followup

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This past March I referenced a study linking gum disease to Alzheimer’s and concluded that I would just go ahead and get a followup MyPerioPath test done again.

I first came across MyPerioPath when I was exploring the links between gum disease, high cholesterol, and an elevated Lp-PLA2.  As a quick review, the MyPerioPath test is a way to sample the DNA of the oral biome.  It’s a painless test.  Go to the dentist, swish around some saline solution in your mouth for 30 seconds, and spit it out into a test tube.  The test tube gets shipped off and about a week later, you get the results.… Read More

MyPerioPath Results

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the relationship between gum disease, cholesterol, and inflammation which motivated me to go to the dentist for a long overdue visit.  This week I want to go over the results of the MyPerioPath test.

The reason I wanted to get the MyPerioPath was to have a better understanding of what’s happening with my oral biome.  I wanted to know if I had any bacteria that could potentially explain my elevated cholesterol and Lp-PLA2.  I also wanted to know if there were organisms that were putting me at risk for other diseases.… Read More

Cholesterol, Inflammation and Gum Disease

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In my last couple of blood tests, along with my elevated cholesterols, I discovered that despite having a normal CRP of less than 1.0, my Lp-PLA2 levels were high (March 2015 and May 2015).  This was extremely puzzling to me.  CRP is a very sensitive marker for inflammation, so if there is any underlying inflammation in my body, it should be elevated.  Lp-PLA2 on the other hand is marketed as a marker that is specific for vascular inflammation.

Here’s a brief review about Lp-PLA2:

The Lp-PLA2 test is used for assessing cardiovascular risk.… Read More

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