Thanks for this response. I just got results from the VAP Cholesterol test. I am taking Vitamin K (4000 mcg) and Vitamin D3 (2000) daily.
The results of the VAP are:
LDL - 116
Total VLDL-C 12
Total Choles. 192
Targets of Therapy -
Non HDL Chol. (LDL + VLDL) 128
Probable Metabolic Syndrome No
ATP111 Emerging Risk Factors
LP(a) 9 (Their reference range says less than 10 is good)
Remnant Lipoprot. (IDL + VLDL3) 10 (they say less than 30)
LDL Density Pattern B (Abnormal)
HDL - 2 13 (low)
HDL - 3 51
Total HDL 64
VLDL1-2 (large bouyant) 4.9
VLDL3 (small remnant) 7
Total VLDL 11.9
C-Reactive Protein is 0.46 (low risk)
Homocystine P is 12 (reference range 0.0 - 15.0)
I'm assuming that my new cardiologist will want something like an echo stress test - with my calcium artery score of 216. The report says, "The presence of moderate non-obstructive coronary stenosis is highly likely." It was '0' in 1997. and 83 in 2004 when I
discovered Lp(a) and began Heart Technology.
I had an echo stress in 2004 which was normal.
It seems, from the blood test, that the Lp(a) is under control, but something else is going on. I eat, as a protein metabolic type, as per Dr. Mercola and have gotten leptin under control by eating according to Dr. Byron Richards Leptin Diet. Leptin serum blood level is :13.8.
Since May I have lost almost 15 pounds and have had little exercise due to 2 summers off of my feet from foot surgery. My blood glucose ## have always (records since 20 years ago), been around 100 - 110 - ranging to a high a few years ago of 120. The latest was 104. I did a 2 hour post prandial test a few weeks ago at the suggestion of my husband who is a physician and it was quite normal - 118.
I have just read about a product called [deleted], an oral chelation product. It claims to actually clear calcium from the arteries. Do you know anything about this? I realize it is a competing company, perhaps I need to have both?
As always, I appreciate your attention and caring.
I'd like to know how you found out about [name deleted]. (I do know that they, unlike Tower, have a letter from the FTC about their advertising. I don't know of any science to back up their claims, do you? Their product is very expensive for 2 amino acids, and they tell customers you need to take "vitamin C and lysine" on the side, etc. So, I'm willing to keep an open mind, but the reason I know of them is because of customers who tried their product, and were not pleased, etc.
I'm looking for more on your Lp(a) - would you mind faxing the VAP results ? They usually break it down into 5 different categories, and it was a little hard to read from the email.
9 is better than 10 or above, but it is close to borderline. (For example, Atherotech measured my Lp(a) at 3) They try to account for difference in Lp(a) mass by converting the number of particles to the weight of an equivalent number of particles of standard LDL. So you get an idea of the # particles (because larger Lp(a) particles are thought to be less dangerous (less atherogenic) than smaller particles. A high mass score might not be as bad as a larger number of low mass Lp(a).
What is the total cholesterol number? 192? Close to optimal, and if you can increase your daily vitamin C (perhaps by adding a 500 mg ascorbic acid tablet every 4 hours) it will go to 180, the optimal
Slightly elevated blood sugar, again, there is a competition for entry into cells through the membrane - and glucose wins. With the 30 minute half life of vitamin C, higher sugar levels and not conducive to optimal vitamin C uptake into cells.
See healingmatters.com - avoid the unnatural fats, which has an unexpected effect of lowering blood sugar. Lower blood glucose makes smaller quantites of vitamin C more effective. What dosage of the Tower product are you taking??
The picture these numbers are painting is one of a very slight vitamin C "deficiency" (hard to believe, i know, but animals produce their ascorbate 24/7) I don't think anything to really worry about -does your husband the doctor??
Sounds good on the D3 - hope the vitamin K includes a good K2, looks like 150 MICRO grams of the good K2 can overcome the tendency to drop calcium in soft tissues.
p.s. had a thought - you should probably consider R-alpha lipoic acid