Hey all. I'm sorry this is a blast from the past but i am now armed with alot more info which i wanted to share with you all especially the members who have heaps of knowledge. Hopefully you can advise/guide me 🙂
So first i will start with my blood results which i will copy and paste from my notes app:
Mar 2016/Dec 2016/May 2017/Aug 2017
7.0 total / 7.3 total /7.5 total / 7.8 total
1.15 hdl / 1.06 hdl / 1.03 hdl / 1.46 hdl
5.07 ldl / 5.01 ldl / 5.79 ldl / 5.75 ldl
No info / 2.7 t / 1.7 t / 1.3 t
Along with my recent results, i was informed i have elevated LP(a) at 128 and normal is 30 or below! 😱
It has been suggested that the lp(a) levels are down to genetics so environmental factors, dietary changes, etc will not reduce the levels. In fact, as it is a relatively new area, they dont really have any confirmed studies whereby a treatment has been identified.
In between may 2017 and aug 2017, i started niacin, dosage was 500mg starting beginning june then i upped it by 500mg every week up to 2000mg. You can see that hdl increased but i also stopped smoking a month prior to the august results too so that probably also played a part (used to smoke around 5 a day)
So diagnosis is: familial hypercholesterolemia and elevated lp(a)
As mentioned in previous posts, i really dont want to take statins but after finding niacin didnt really improve overall cholesterol, i had to face defeat and agreed to 20mg atorvastatin. But in light of elevated lp(a), the consultant added 75mg aspirin. I was told that in "some" studies, aspirin was found to reduce lp(a) levels.
I have the prescriptions since this morning but have still not got the medicines as i am certain i can avoid pharmaceutical meds and have been exploring vitamins.
I am considering the following for the next 3 months before my next appt and wanted some advice on whether you think it is the best approach:
Omega 3 fish oils
Does anyone think the above is too much?
I do feel all these will definitely help based on the googling i have done (and the results of some studies out there) specifically relating to arterial plaque as this is my biggest concern especially in light of my elevated lp(a) levels. I have a exercise stress test in a couple of weeks and will see what the results indicate.
So there you have it! Sorry for the loooong post but i have tried to put EVERYTHING down but if there is anything else that anyone needs to know, please feel free to ask!
I hope my post helps others out there too, mainly if, like me, you want to avoid big pharma and stick to natural healing.
Sorry i need to add that i think im in peri-menopause (i am 37!) as i keep suffering significant hot flashes day and night, sleep disturbances and no period for 2 months. I have read that declining levels of estrogen contribute to cardiovascular issues so cant help but think the two are linked but I could be wrong. I am adding vitabiotics menopace night supplements to the above too.
Thank you 😊