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Thanx so much Hubble, but another problem is hubby has developed type 2 diabetes, so nueropathy is setting in. I will ask his cardio man about it, as who knows, it just might help some. From what I have learned, drs. are suppose to inform their patients that are taking statins that this CoQ10 should be taken also???

Hubby's cholesterol was only 214 when this new dr. he went to after our reg. dr. retired decided to shove him on Lipitor. If I knew then what I know now, he would have never taken it. After the diabetes set in, his Trigs started going very high, so the dr. shoved him on 80mgs of Lipitor. All the poor guy did was throwup for 2 days, so I got ticked off and called the dr. and asked why he shoved him on such a large dose, as Lipitor does very little for Trigs anyway!!! Needless to say we got into it over the phone, but I tossed the Lipitor and next called his cardio man who said I did the right thing. Due to the high Trigs, he had his arteries cleaned in 94, and for years things were going very well, but now I think the damage that was done is taking the toll and creating other problems. Even the cardio man and his new dr. at the VA said he is way too sensative to these drugs now, and the so called cure, would be worse then the disease, so we just deal with it as best we can.

Like U said, new things are being discovered every day, so who knows, we just might see light at the end of the tunnel yet, but they better make it quick, we aren't getting any younger.... :D :D

Thanx again for your kind words and also your suggestions, they are much appreciated. Sunday we will celebrate our 45th anniversary, and to be honest, most of those years were pretty darn good to us, so I count my blessings. Take care, and stay well..... :wave:

BTW..every time I see your name, I think of Robert Redford in the movie with Barbra Striesand, called, "The Way We Were", as that was his name in the movie. Just so happens it is one of my favorites too.... :)
[QUOTE=regford]Folic/Folate, B6, B12 (injections or sublingual) and betaine (TMG) are reliable methods of causing homocysteine to drop. In my case homo dropped to below normal levels by taking folic and B12. Since there seems to be no use for homo in the blood, I am smug about doing this and bringing my blood levels to very low readings.

Lotsa people take lotsa statins, but... low dose statins may take the 'edge' off your cholesterol and give you better statistics for life expectency, with little risk. 'Old'-style statins are best, because they would have been yanked already if they killed too many folks.

Now, some people say (as I do) that he who statins should also do Q10. Q10 is truly great.

But Q10 is expensive and also poorly absorbed. Thus ask your healthfood store what Q10 is best absorbed, and also make sure you take the precursors of in-vivo Q10 biosynthesis. Make your body do the work.[/QUOTE]


Regford,

I also take Folic acid and B-Vitamins orally - they do help reduce homocysteine levels.

Also agree with you that low-dose statins are beneficial due to their recently discovered anti-inflammatory properties which are evident at low doses.

I have been doing some reading on a liver enzyme called ACAT2 that is theoretically one of the primary causes of atherosclerosis (not cholesterol per se). In animal studies, when researchers turned off the gene that produces ACAT2, atherosclerosis was reduced about 85%, even though blood lipids did not change. Of course this is initial tests in animal studies, but hopefully medical science is getting close to discovering the true cause of CHD and heart attacks, and it does not appear to be high-cholesterol per se.

I take a brand of CoQ10 called 'Q-Gel'. Yes, to get proper absorption you should take all CoQ10 with a slight amount of fat, or with some natural vitamin E. And yes, anyone on statins should take CoQ10 - otherwise you are risking muscle problems... Have you heard of any good technique to improve CoQ10 absorption??

Regards,

HubbleRules
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Hubble,

Nope, no further ideas on how to enhance/push Q10 absorption. I am now interested in ways to synthesize more in the body.

I never heard of ACAT2 before, so now I have to do some quick reading.

Thanks...
Regford

[QUOTE=HubbleRules]Regford,

I also take Folic acid and B-Vitamins orally - they do help reduce homocysteine levels.

Also agree with you that low-dose statins are beneficial due to their recently discovered anti-inflammatory properties which are evident at low doses.

I have been doing some reading on a liver enzyme called ACAT2 that is theoretically one of the primary causes of atherosclerosis (not cholesterol per se). In animal studies, when researchers turned off the gene that produces ACAT2, atherosclerosis was reduced about 85%, even though blood lipids did not change. Of course this is initial tests in animal studies, but hopefully medical science is getting close to discovering the true cause of CHD and heart attacks, and it does not appear to be high-cholesterol per se.

I take a brand of CoQ10 called 'Q-Gel'. Yes, to get proper absorption you should take all CoQ10 with a slight amount of fat, or with some natural vitamin E. And yes, anyone on statins should take CoQ10 - otherwise you are risking muscle problems... Have you heard of any good technique to improve CoQ10 absorption??

Regards,

HubbleRules
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