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Posted by Ken on August 16, 2000 at 22:52:33:

In Reply to: Help! Highest Triglycerides, I am a walking time bomb. posted by Theresa on August 16, 2000 at 15:12:17:

: I am totally over whelmed with doctors and medical bills, not counting my medication cost. I am a 37 year old female. This has been going on since I was 29 and pregnant with my baby. I have had my triglycerides so high that the doctor says that I am a walking time bomb. I have changed doctors since then, but am still having problems getting everything on track. I have type 2 diabetes. I take two kinds of insulin by mixing it and two shots a day, plus a new drug called Actos (for insulin resistance),after the drug Rezulin was recalled off the shelf. I have to take a water pill called Lasix, and Prozac to help with my depression and stress. My triglycerides are in the 1400 range right now, which is very good compared to it being over the 10,000 mark in the past, which hospitalized me. I started taking the drug tricor at 200 mg. just recently, because the Lopid I was taking before, was not working properly. Since nothing really seems to get my triglycerides down, what kind of food does it take to lower them. Maybe the food I eat is wrong for me. Any free information or suggestions that can help me to better health, please e-mail me. For my babies sake,Thank you.

You certainly need to be on a low fat diet especially one low in saturated fat.

Meats to avoid: Bacon, all types of sausage, ribs, shellfish, etc. Preferred meats: Breast of turkey, breast of chicken (both without skin, fish (the type with tails as opposed to shellfish).

Dairy Products: Use fat-free milk. Avoid regular cheese. There are "free" cheeses which are low in fat and cholesterol. Limit eggs to no more than 2 to 3 whole eggs per 7 day week. On other days, use an egg substitute.

Avoid all labeled foods that contain saturated fat, or no more than 2 grams per serving at the very worst.

Avoid regular ice cream. They do have fat-free, no sugar added type ice cream.

Adopt an exercise program, but clear it first with your doctor.

The American Heart Assn. is a good source of information on a low fat diet. Contact their nearest office and/or visit their web site at

Good luck.


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