This link explains it, but it seems to be the same thing as the VAP. My doctor is not familiar with the VAP, and it is my understanding that the VAP is not widely accepted yet. However, he does know the NMR, and I am sure he will be willing to order it.
Down almost 40 lbs. 70 to go.
As far as inflammation, I am not even sure that's the problem. But thanks for the info on the tumeric and other spices. I take cinammon each day already, and have for years.
I talked to my doctor about the fish oil. Levels above 4g per day are what really can start to affect the INR. I take just under 4g per day currently. I have my INR checked at least every month, so it is monitored closely.
However, I would highly recommend 3 blood tests. You should get the VAP cholesterol test, the C-Reactive Protein test, and a Vitamin D level test. If your doctor won't do them or if your insurance won't cover them, you can go to saveonlabs.com. In my case, it's cheaper to pay them direct than to pay what my insurance coverage would charge me. (I have high-deductible insurance.)
If your VAP test comes back good and your C-Reactive is lower than 1.5, you are good to go and can confidently ignore what any doctor tells you about your cholesterol level. The vitamin D test will help you determine if your current supplementation levels are adequate or too much.
Thanks. That will help me when I see my doctor next week so we can discuss.
NMR or VAP will tell you particle size so just get whichever your insurance will cover. There are some differences between them but probably not worth paying for one out of pocket if the other is covered. Your pattern size is most likely predominantly A as well because you have decent HDL and very low trigs. Usually that's a good sign so I wouldn't worry overly much.
Last edited by leonardotmnt; 09-22-2010 at 08:24 AM.
Ok, my primary doctor call me today with my NMR results. He said, "You were right!" I told him that the way I ate might elevate my cholesterol and my LDL, but it would be the large, fluffy LDL, and that's exactly what the test showed. My small particle LDL was very low. He seemed very interested in the details of my diet, and said he would be discussing my results with a cardiologist/lipid specialist that he knows. He said he was not really sure what to recommend at this point since he was not familiar with the NMR results. So, I should hear something in a few weeks. The good thing is that he is open to new ideas and got specifics on how I eat so he could research. Anyway, I am finally glad to have some positive lipid results.
John, this is great news on both fronts: for you personally and for all of the patients under your physicians care. Continuing to share information and clarify changes through further testing was a good move.
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