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New poster to the board. I have had high cholesterol (248) and also the HDL/LDL levels are out of whack. I forget the numbers right now but will call the doctor to find out exactly and post again with them. My triglycerides have been high for a while now and still are (500 range I think, will post definite # tomorrow). The doctor put me on Gemfibrozil, but I have not taken it because I would prefer some natural remedy, if I can find one that will work. As I understand, this Gemfibrozil can cause gastrointestinal side effects, and is "hard" on your liver...(is that true?)

Fish oil, specifically the FISOL brand, has not done it. It did help lower overall cholesterol (from like 280) taking 3 daily for months before my latest test result above. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to help with my TGs at all.

A little more about me. I am male, 38, 5'11" 175-180 lbs, in good shape and work out regularly. I don't eat a lot of junk food. I make it a point to eat a good variety of fruits/vegetables. I actually like broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc. Unfortunately, I do not like fish...never have. I do like steak (only 6 ozs at a time), but I definitely eat much more chiken than red meat. I don't drink. I do have one piece of cake or some sort of sweet per day, but that's it, 1 per day. I also have 1 coke, no more.

As to carbs, I have probably an average amount....well, compared to the average american, I have equal to or less than average amt of carbs. I'm sure I could cut back, but I doubt it would be enough to drastically change the numbers.

So, I'm thinking this is genetic, but not the Metabolic X that I have read about (no diabetes, blood sugar levels normal, excellent blood pressure (110/60). I do know that my Aunt (Dad's sister) had to go to the hospital for pancreatitis not long ago. Her TGs were much higher, she is older, ~40-50 lbs overweight, never exercises, and smokes, but does not drink.

So, are there some other natural remedies that I can try? I've heard of policosanol....red yeast, something else? If you need any additional info just let me know.

Thanks for reading and I appreciate any help!

P.S. One more question. Does anyone know how long Gemfibrozil has been in use in the U.S. or worldwide? Another reason I'm hesitant to take is because I"m leery of "new" drugs. The FDA in the last 5-10 years has really turned from being an advocate for citizens to "partners" with the drug companies...I just don't trust them to do the due diligence (like the Phen-Phen disaster) they are supposed to do.
[QUOTE]One more question. Does anyone know how long Gemfibrozil has been in use in the U.S. or worldwide? Another reason I'm hesitant to take is because I"m leery of "new" drugs.

Liquim,

Gemfibrozil has been around for a coon's age, much longer than statins even. I found an entry for Lopid in my 1987 PDR.

It is specific for people who suffer hypertriglyceridemia as you seem to. It prevents the liver from making new triglycerides from fatty acids and also inhibits VLDL cholesterol formation. Also bosts HDL.

Take it before two meals a day and the drug works much better if dietary cholesterol is kept low.

Policosanol is pretty much a waste of money. Red yeast rice is a weak statin and thus is effective for some people.

What are the rest of your numbers?
Hi everyone, sorry it took so long to get back, but I have old #s and news #s after taking Gemfibrozil for 4 weeks:

Dec
Total 259
HDL 31
LDL Too high to measure
Trigly's 475

Feb
Total 180
HDL 32
LDL 115
Trigly's 164

The Dec #s were with taking fish oil....then I stopped in Jan to see how the Gemfibrozil would do by itself. So, all in all, not too bad. I think going back on the fish oil though would help with get the HDL level a little higher.

As to the last post, Dr. said nothing about magnesium or anything else. So everything is fine otherwise. Gemfibrozil is cheap (compared to all the statins) and seems to have been around for a long time with no bad side effects so I'm pretty happy with it.

Thanks for all your replys.
[QUOTE=Llquim;2803813]
The Dec #s were with taking fish oil....then I stopped in Jan to see how the Gemfibrozil would do by itself. So, all in all, not too bad. I think going back on the fish oil though would help with get the HDL level a little higher.

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You may want to consider taking more Omega 3 capsules per day if you want better results. My husband takes four pharma grade in the morning and four before going to bed. Also a friend of mine is on Gemfibrozil and experiencing an itching problem so do watch for side effects. Otherwise, good luck.

Jane
Llquim,
I am so glad you got such an excellent response from the gemfibrozil.

Now you need to boost your HDL somewhat.
Why not try taking up to 1000 mg. of niacin in any form that you can tolerate. Even a slow acting formulation at 500 mg/day is likely to give you a nice boost.
Two drinks a day will work wonders also.
[QUOTE=janeslk;2804191]You may want to consider taking more Omega 3 capsules per day if you want better results. My husband takes four pharma grade in the morning and four before going to bed. Also a friend of mine is on Gemfibrozil and experiencing an itching problem so do watch for side effects. Otherwise, good luck.

Jane

Any particular brand of the Omega 3. No itching with it so far!
[QUOTE=Lenin;2804743]Llquim,
I am so glad you got such an excellent response from the gemfibrozil.

Now you need to boost your HDL somewhat.
Why not try taking up to 1000 mg. of niacin in any form that you can tolerate. Even a slow acting formulation at 500 mg/day is likely to give you a nice boost.
Two drinks a day will work wonders also.

Ok, I will try the slow release. I know the regular gave me bad headaches several years ago.

Wouldn't the drinks up the try's?