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Having diabetes increases our risk for heart disease. Here is a good article from Doc's Opinion about a good marker that is an important marker for the risk of developing heart disease but is not widely available and are seldom used in routine clinical practice. Apparently LCHF )low carb high fat diets are not only beneficial for lowering blood sugar but also for reducing risks of heart disease.

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Lipoprotein(a) is a strong risk factor for developing coronary heart disease and calcific narrowing of the aortic valve (aortic valve stenosis).

Mendelian randomization studies have provided strong evidence for a direct causative role of Lipoprotein(a) in developing these disorders.

Lipoprotein(a) levels are primarily genetically determined. Nonetheless, lifestyle factors may also play a role.

High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets lower lipoprotein(a) more effectively than low-fat diets.

Major ongoing clinical trials are currently investigating the clinical efficacy of specific lipoprotein(a)-lowering agents in patients with elevated lipoprotein(a) levels.
 
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