vitamin D3High dose vitamin C can help protect those who have high levels of Lp(a) - not sure if it lowers it but it protects from it’s effects on the arteries. Google 'Lp(a) and vitamin C’ for more info.
My HDL used to be a good normal level of 70. Then I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007 and adopted a very low carb Paleo diet of around 30g carbs per day in divided amounts (as per Dr Richard Bernstein’s protocol). You could call it keto. Very low carb diets naturally mean that one has a high fat diet (saturated and monounsaturated fats mainly) and moderate protein. As time went along, to my surprise, my HDL levels rose steadily, measured six monthly, it peaked at 150 but averages 135 now. At the same time my triglycerides fell, though my total cholesterol and my LDL rose very high - that is often a normal result of a very low carb diet. Also because LDL is only calculated using the Friedewald formula, it's not measured accurately as the HDL, triglycerides and the total are, and the Friedewald formula is not accurate if you get very low triglycerides, eg mine are 44, which are as a result of low carb. Carbs raise triglycerides.
So one way to raise HDL can be a keto very low carb/high fat diet but no point in doing it intermittently.….it takes a few years of steady rises. This has happened to others on high fat/low carb. I eat very well, plenty of non-starchy veggies, meat, oily fish, eggs, nuts, and fats such as coconut oil.
Btw, my diabetes consultant thinks my diabetes has resolved as a result of the very low carb diet as my blood glucose measurements are so good and my HbA1c is in the non-diabetic range. I’m having two more measurements to check that it really has resolved. I will keep to low carb Paleo even if diabetes resolved as I eat so well on it.
I also take vitamin K2 as MK7 to make sure calcium goes to my bones, not my arteries, and I take vitamin D3.
Wow I have struggled with accepting the whole Keto thing but it keeps popping..I'd really like to lower my Lp(a) and raise my HDL even if it doesn't effect the progression of my calcified aortic stenosis..I take K2 and eat natto already). I eat mostly oatmeal, nuts, beans, seaweed, coconut water, avacado, fish, sugar free soymilk, tuna and wheat sandwiches, tuna, veggies, fruit, salmonSalmon, sardines, natto, olives, garlic, ginger, seeds, water, magnesium..Other than fish totally vegan and plan to stay that way--my HbA1c is in the non-diabetic range as is my other blood sugar related readings...My triglycerides are anf crp is low, HDL is 36, Lp(a) is 88, LDL is 75..
"High dose vitamin C can help protect those who have high levels of Lp(a) - not sure if it lowers it but it protects from it’s effects on the arteries. Google 'Lp(a) and vitamin C’ for more info." I just did that today for vitamin C and Lysine and the results came up as inconclusive or that Vitamin C does not help or can do bad things like raise blood sugar. Ditto for Vitamin D3