How to Lower Lipoprotein a (LPa) Naturally?

How to Lower Lipoprotein a  (LPa) Naturally?

 

 

 

How to Lower Lipoprotein a  (LPa) Naturally?

 

How do you lower lipoprotein a naturally? There is a time and place for medication, however if you have not suffered a cardiovascular event then it is best to try to lower lipoprotein a Lp(a) naturally.

 

What is Lipoprotein a Lp(a)?
Lipoprotein a Lp(a) is genetically determined and is a known risk factor to heart disease. If lipoprotein a Lp(a) is elevated then it becomes more important to try to lower it but also focus on all your modifiable risk factors to heart disease to minimize cardiovascular disease risk. Yes I am biased, but exercise is still your best medicine and it is something anyone can do.

 

Lipoprotein a Lp(a) is a protein particle similar to LDL. Its presence is considered a risk factor to heart disease.

 

Most physicians might only measure LDL cholesterol in patients who have not had a cardiovascular event and then promote statin therapy. Physicians do the best that they can do with the education that they have. Statin therapy may be of benefit but it should be the last line of attack in lowering cardiovascular risk. The benefits of the drugs should always outweigh the risk. And physicians should really dive in deeper for cardiovascular risk factors before considering medications. One test is lipoprotein a Lp(a), if this is high and you have high LDL-C, lowering lipoprotein a Lp(a) naturally and LDL-C should be the first choice. Also it is important to understand particle size, which I have talked about in past blog posts. Please click here for particle size cholesterol test.

 

How to Lower Lipoprotein A Lp(A) Naturally?

 

There are some people who think because it is genetically predisposed that you cannot reduce lipoprotein a Lp(a). This may be the case but here are some things where we have seen people lower lipoprotein a Lp(a) naturally.

 

  1. Niacin: Niacin is B vitamin, and has been long used to increase HDL and lower LDL.Best to have with a large meal and lots of water as it can cause flushing. I advise talking to your physician to monitor.
  2. Consider a lower carbohydrate, no processed food way of eating. Best to have lots of healthy fats.
  3. Low Estrogen , DHEA and testosterone can increase lipoprotein a Lp(a). So it becomes important that you hormones are well balanced. This also includes thyroid function. If your thyroid function is low then your lipoprotein a Lp(a) may be increased.
  4. Vitamin C, L-Lysine, and L Proline are basic building blocks for collagen which can protect the wall of the arteries.
  5. Moderate alcohol can benefit lipoprotein a Lp(a) as well as increased HDL cholesterol

 

If you have high lipoprotein a Lp(a), it just becomes more important to focus on your overall cardiovascular risk with exercise, good natural nutrition and developing good stress coping strategies to minimize anger, anxiety and depression, Understand your cholesterol profile in more detail and watch as you start to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle you will feel better and live happier, healthier and longer.

 

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Statins Side Effects in Muscles

Statins Side Effects in Muscles

 

 

 

Statins Side Effects in Muscles

 

Statins are a classification of drugs used to lower cholesterol level. They are prescribed for people with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Statins are effective in the early stages of cardiovascular disease but statin side effects are found in long-term use. Ten to fifteen percent of people who submit to therapy with statins end up with muscle damage. Statin side effects include myositis, a painful inflammation of the muscles, and elevated levels of CPK (creatine kinase) a muscle enzyme that causes muscle weakness and pain. A rare but deadly statin side effect is rhabdomydolysis, an extreme muscle inflammation which completely breaks down muscle, releasing protein and damaging the kidneys. This can lead to kidney failure and death. Choosing lifestyle modifications with a goal of getting off statins, or the preventative measure of not taking statins in the first place, is probably the best advice for a patient seeking to lower their cholesterol level.

 

 

Statin side effects could be avoided in some patients committed to diet and exercise alternatives to lower cholesterol. Lifestyle changes designed to lower cholesterol may include exercise, better nutrition, stress management, state of mind, and strong relationships in your life. Exercise should start within your current fitness level. A twenty-minute brisk walk with a goal toward thirty minutes or more of cardiovascular activity such as swimming, playing tennis, or jogging should be included in your routine. Repeated exercise three or four times a week at a minimum is helpful for lowering cholesterol. Nutrition should include lean protein. Sugars and processed foods should be eliminated. A high-quality krill or fish oil supplement with omega-three fatty acids is also very beneficial.

 

 

Statin side effects include a lower rate of exercise among people using it for long term, as statin compromises muscles on a cellular level. A recent study which shows higher inactivity levels among men with long-term statin use is not surprising. A study in 2005 was performed with young, healthy individuals. Exercises performed by people on statin show a different genetic profile than un-medicated people doing the same exercises. The genes associated with muscle growth, repair were “down regulated” or not showing as robustly as the unmediated group.

 

 

Statin side effects at a cellular level happen because it blocks CoQ10. CoQ10 is needed for the health of a cell’s mitochondria. It is a powerful antioxidant which jump starts cell production. The blocking of CoQ10 results in oxidative damage to the cellular mitochondria which can result in heart and skeletal muscle damage. Many trained athletes can’t use statin as the muscle pain is too great. Make sure to discuss individual goals with your doctor regarding statin benefits verses side effects.

 

 

Stress management is essential for heart health. Methods used to combat stress include yoga, exercise, and meditation. Learn how to say no to events and situations which might reach beyond your personal, psychological or professional limits. Identifying your limits and not exceeding them will decrease stress. Avoid people who stress you out. Take control of your surroundings. If long traffic commutes provoke stress try different modes of travel, such as the subway, bus or biking.

 

 

Activities which can lower stress include listening to music, playing with a pet, reading a book, writing in a journal, taking a long bath and getting a massage. Do something you really enjoy every day. Set aside a certain amount of time just for you without interruptions. Become determined in changing your lifestyle for the better.

 

 

People make lifestyle modifications every day and are successful in lowering their cholesterol levels naturally. Discuss with your doctor the benefits of behavior modification and reap the benefits of potentially waning off statin drugs to minimize side effects.

 

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Statins Side Effects in Muscles

 

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