Chuck, thank you so much for taking the time to share this information regarding LPA levels, causes, and potential treatments. I'm working hard to try to stay positive. I will be speaking with my doctor soon to map out a plan forward and the information you posted is a great help to me. I don't have a family history of early deaths (other than a grandfather who died in his 40's of lung cancer) so I hope this is a positive sea of negatives. My father is 81 and my mother passes last week after a battle with Alzheimer's. Over the past year it just seems like it's been one thing after the other.
Sure thing Miguel. That is why we are here- to help each other and support each other.
Due to the highly genetic nature of Lp(a), I'd suggest having siblings and children tested for it as well, now that you know you have high levels. Once mine was discovered, I had all family members tested. My brother and my mother have very high levels as well. One of my daughters also has very high levels- the other daughter has completely normal levels.
If you have not had one done, you might consider having a coronary artery calcium scan done. (CAC scan) Despite having very high lp(a), my brother and I have only mild heart disease, with relatively normal levels of coronary plaque. At this point we have both outlived my grandfather, who we believe passed the lp(a) gene down to us. Also, my mother will turn 80 this year and has no indication of heart disease. She has dementia however, and there could be a link there.
One other thing, I would really try to live a lifestyle which controls insulin resistance and encourages insulin sensitivity. If you are even pre-diabetic, and most adults in the US are, especially after the age of 50, I would stay on top of that very closely. We are seeing more and more evidence that when significant insulin resistance and high lp(a) are combined it is especially harmful.