One of the only ways to know if high cholesterol is of any concern is to have a particle test. Has anybody here had this done? And is it done through GP on nhs?
Particle test : One of the only ways to... - Cholesterol Support
Yes, I gather the same but Doctors are generally ignorant to the extent that they don't generate confidence. I asked my Doctor about it on a recent visit because I had been doing some research myself. Mainly because from my experience Statin drugs didn't prevent me from having 95% blockages on 3 coronary arteries after being on statins for 12 years. All they have done is created muscle weakening in my legs. For us in our 70's doctors will say, "you are getting older" and pass it off. The next time I go to the Lab for an INR test, I will ba asking about the particle test for cholesterol. Check out the videos on this subject and "The Great Cholesterol Myth" Youtube talks by Dr Stephen Sinatra (Cardiologist) and Dr Johnny Bowden (bio-mechanics and Nutrition) Cholesterol is NOT the killer but Inflamation from Sugar IS.
Yes I've watched those videos and read the book. I'm giving up sugar completely and am 100% convinced that it is the real culprit of chronic disease and inflammation, not saturated fat. I'm only 33 (female) and have been on atorvastatin for about two months and I'm having to take lots of supplements to relieve aches and pains that I didn't have before. So they won't be able to use the 'just getting old' line on me. I'm hoping that after a few months of being sugar free I can come off these awful tablets. Dr thinks possible FH but I'm not convinced. Thanks
They sure won't be able to give you the "just getting old" idea" I wish you all the very best. What does FH stand for? Pardon my ignorance. What I also want to find out is how honey ranks compared to sugar as a sweetener ... only this afternoon I read what Dr Sinatra says about using "ribose" I'll have to look into that. I also appreciated Dr's Sinatra's honesty being an integrative doctor. He was giving advice on the use of Coumadin for people with Atrial fibrilation etc. I have been on Warfarin for 15 years after a brain stem stroke ... so it isn't for AF. I have to keep my blood thinner than any normal person. Around INR reading 2 is considered optimum. Normal person is between .09 to 1.1.
I need to find out how it works if I increase my fresh green ginger root in my daily green drink. I know some green's have a high amount of vitamin K and that works against Coumadin. So I dare say it is about balance. Good luck!
Fh stands for familial hypercholesterolemia. It's an inherited condition where your cholesterol levels (mainly ldl cholesterol) are very high and they don't respond to lifestyle changes. Given my age and that I lost 36lbs, increased excerise and took recommend supplements but my levels kept climbing, I can see why my Dr thinks this is a possibility. My mum also has high cholesterol and we both have xanthelasma on our eyelids (a sign of possible fh). However I believe statins should only be used in people who have already had a heart attack or high risk men between ages 40-70... The exception being anyone with fh. I may ask to be referred to a lipid clinic to have the test done so I will know for sure. Good luck to you too.
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LDL Particle size results, 8 months ago by OliasOfSunhillow.
ive had an Lpa blood test done i had to go to my lipid consultant hes the only person on the nhs can give you this blood test not your GP he told me they have no medication to sort the Lpa out but ive been taking high dosiage of niacin and this supplement sorts the lpa out in your blood my lpa blood test came back normal i dont take any statins at all now they ruined my life good luck take care now