Lower Cholesterol Lp(a) and LDL
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Anyone trying to lower their cholesterol is probably familiar with the term lipoprotein. The objective in lowering cholesterol is to lower the low density lipoprotein (LDL) that is the “bad” cholesterol and to raise the high density lipoprotein (HDL) which is considered the “good” cholesterol. There is however one more type of lipoprotein not commonly evaluated known as lipoprotein (a), abbreviated Lp(a).
Lp (a) cholesterol is another undesirable lipoprotein that is also a low density lipoprotein and is part of a protein called apo (a). Lp(a) cholesterol needs to be kept lower than 20 milligrams per deciliter of blood. Any amount higher than 20 to 30 mg/dL is considered high. Most often a person’s Lp(a) cholesterol is based on genetics, but there are greater numbers of kidney dialysis patients and those with kidney disease in general who have high Lp(a) cholesterol levels. There is little that can be done to control it through diet, but some study of the lipoprotein has suggested certain statin drugs prescribed to lower LDL cholesterol can also lower Lp(a) cholesterol.
More natural methods of reducing Lp(a) cholesterol were discovered in post menopausal women who were given higher levels of estrogen. They were able to reduce Lp(a) readings by as much as 20% and at the same time raise HDL cholesterol levels.
Seldom is testing for Lp(a) cholesterol conducted in the U.S., although other countries have placed greater emphasis on studying and reducing Lp(a). It is believed that Lp(a) cholesterol is just as dangerous as the LDL in causing plaque build up in the arteries and the associated diseases.
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