[QUOTE=Lutheran122;3724215]My numbers stink
HDL - 37
LDL - 102
TOTAL - 187
TRIGS - 212
I am on 10mg pravachol and I also take 1000mg of Niaspan. I did a poor job of eating so I guess it could be worse. How can I do the following..
Lower my LDL even further as I have heart disease whilst still raising HDL
Lower my trigs ALOT. What is the best way to lower trigs?
How terrible are my numbers?
Your figures, excluding HDL and Trig's are quite good.
Both namelessme and I have written several times on the topic of HDL and Trig's. Both of these can be addressed using a 'high pure quality' omega3 fish oil. EPA should equal =>600mg and DHA should =>400mg per day. Depending on the quality, these figures can be obtained from two or three capsules (2gms or 3gms total.)
Or/and a high Resveratrol content grape juice or red wine. A study this month has just been completed on whether grape juice or red wine is the best. It all depends on the resveratrol content of either. The juice was just as effective as wine has proved to be. The juice used was made by Concord.
The cholesterol network is highly complex, and no matter what you read in the press or science papers, it's true level of functionality is still not fully understood. I believe it's the condition of the first part of network that is the answer, the liver.
Why do a majority of healthy people over sixty years of age, more female than male, develop high cholesterol levels, having had a normal level in their early and mid years, have no CVD risks and live to ripe old ages? The liver, along with virtually every other organ starts to deteriorate. But, and but again, some doctors' insist of trying to place these very healthy people on statins because their cholesterol levels are over the norm.
Don't get me wrong, high or low cholesterol levels (mainly LDL) leads mainly to heart related problems in the long term. ie: Those having high/low levels in young to middle age, require to address these 'non norm' levels.
But, what I cannot understand is how can these guideline levels keep being reduced, when now it has been proved that low levels trigger the onset of cancer, which we all have microscopic particles of, at an accelerated rate.
To be perfectly honest, your LDL is slightly low, going on recent independent study results, so concentrate on your Trigs. Exercise more, and take Laurabow's advice on diet.
Sorry Red, I was writing at exactly the same time as yourself.
Any input Mr. Mayor? as this is the last post of advice for you.