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Half of patients on statins have ‘sub-optimal’ response to treatment


I have a vested interest in solving hypercholesterolaemia without the side effects of statins as I have a genetic variant that puts me at high risk of a stroke. It was my adult daughter who came up with a non dairy diet that reduced her cholesterol from 7 to 4 without statins in 6 months. Easier said than done for me who accidentally orders a cappuccino, eats a random piece of chocolate, accepts a slice of cake, eats porridge, orders a 99 cone in Brighton, etc so my cholesterol is 8.6! Doctors are the worst patients. I have now worked out how to reduce lipoprotein A. All patients with high cholesterol should have their lipoprotein A checked and then referred to lipid clinic for a carotid scan if they have a family history of strokes, The carotid intima media thickness then indicates how high a risk they are for CV disease based on age group and I am at high risk on both sides. I researched the net looking for a way to reduce lipoprotein A. My highest was over 300 nmol/l which made me a walking time bomb for strokes. If you have a patient with super high lipoprotein A consider referring them to Professor Crook at Guys and St Thomas’ lipid clinic. He even gets referrals from Kent as there are fewer lipid consultants across the country now. I have reduced my lipoprotein A from 262 to 202 nmols/l with coenzyme q10 100 mg and niacin 100 mg od for 2 months and not 1000 or 2000 mg of niacin. I still have to get it below 75 nmols but am on to a winner so I thought I would share with you GPs especially as 20% of the pop have high lipoprotein A. You add it to the other box on a blood form and it goes in a yellow top tube. Having tried every statin and experienced lots of side effects, I am trying non rx methods that have been researched. Now I just need to start a non dairy diet and not slip. There is no profit for big pharma by telling patients to try a strictly non dairy diet for 6 months to see if it lowers their cholesterol but if it works, go for it! I plan to enjoy my retirement and not end up in a nursing home with a stroke!

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23 May 2019

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