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Posted by LpLittleA on November 14, 2000 at 22:02:31:

In Reply to: TRIGLCERIDES & CHOLESTEROL posted by RICH on November 14, 2000 at 11:52:57:

: CAN ANYBODY TELL ME A GOOD WAY TO LOWER TRIGLYCERIDE LEVEL 0F 470 THAT HAS NOT AFFECTED MY GLOCUSE READIND CHOLESTEROL IS 259 HDL\35 LDL\94

Rich, your cholesterol numbers appear that you are taking a high dose statin and nothing else. I say this because your LDL is very low, which is what statins will do. If you are on a statin, you have 3 choices:

1)FIBRATES (lopid, gemfibrozil, tricor) This will lower your TG by about 40%. Problem-it may raise your LDL by 45%;It can cause irreversible liver damage; can cause muscle breakdown (can be fatal) especially if you are taking a statin too.

2)RESINS or BILE ACID SEQUESTRANTS- there is a reason why you haven't heard of these. Try eating a tablespoon of sawdust 3 times a day- that is what this stuff is like.

3)NIACIN-lowers TG by 30% and raises HDL 25%. There is a new product called Niaspan. It is the only prescription niacin available. Your insurance probably covers it so it may cost you less than a copay. This is taken at bedtime (70% of your cholesterol is released from your liver during your sleep). The niacins that you take 2 or 3 times a day will give you a "flush" or sunburn feeling. The niacins that are called "Flushless" can kill your liver. The FDA has approved only Niaspan because it is safe and has low side effects.

By the way, if you have a candy bowl that you are always reaching into during the day, you can really get your TG's out of whack. Alcohol does the same. Diabetes will also. Try cutting back on sugar and alcohol then get your cholesterol checked before putting yourself on medication.

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