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Triglycerides and Your Health
What Are Triglycerides and How Do You Improve Them?
4/11/2014 10:18:30 AM
3/24/2014 11:19:27 AM
My triglycerides count is 2.36 mmol/L. How do I convert this number to correspond with the number in your article?
3/22/2014 11:27:21 PM
Yes, there have been five clinical trials whose subgroup (high TGs) analyses have all shown an outcome benefit (fewer heart attacks, strokes, etc.) when high TGs are lowered medically. Vascepa is effective in lowering TG levels and has a good safety profile, notably better than fenofibrates. Its manufacturer should be permitted to inform those 36 million high TG patients, and their doctors and insurers, of the ANCHOR trial data, and to market Vascepa for the high TG indication. Only then will these patients, in consultation with their doctors, be able to make informed decisions whether to use Vascepa to lower their high TGs.
3/20/2014 5:52:13 PM
I echo ZMANINMD's comment about the relatively new drug Vascepa. If your TGs are over 200 and persist above that level after you have tried diet and exercise, do a little research on Vascepa and then ask your doctor (who may never have heard of it because it is new and its manufacturer is a small company), to consider whether you should try it. It's a highly purified Omega 3 called EPA, which stands for Eicosapentanoic Acid Ethyl Ester. Multiple clinical trials showed it to be effective in lowering elevated TGs, and it also lowers some markers of systemic inflammation. Even better is that it is very safe, in particular it does not, unlike the older drug Lovaza, which your doctor probably has heard of, raise LDLc ("bad" cholesterol) and it has no "black box" warning of an association with atrial fibrillation. Also, in one trial, in addition to lowering elevated TGs, it actually raised HDLc ("good" cholesterol) slightly. The FDA approved it in 2012. Good luck!
3/20/2014 9:28:27 AM
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I thought I would pass along my experience with a new Omega 3 prescription drug. I use VASCEPA at 2g and previously tried Plusepa and Krill oil to lower my triglycerides and ease the muscle pain I have by taking atorvastatin. I also tried OTC Niacin at 750mg and COQ-10 and all I was able to gain was a case of reflux. I stopped taking all the supplements and the reflux went away but not the dull ache from the statin. Then I heard about this new prescription drug Vascepa. After educating my cardiologist he gave me a prescription and I started this drug in June. Within 3 weeks I was virtually ache free and could lift weights and I am now working out 3 days and sometimes 5 days per week. Pain free and my entire cholesterol profile is down on average 9% since my last test and even down compared to a year's worth of tests. My Cardiologist let me know that if my test results remain the same on my next visit he will lower my statin dose to the lowest level. It has taken over 2 years to get there and adding Vascepa did the trick.
10/22/2013 8:40:55 AM
I love this site. I learn more basics from this site than any other. And, I do incorporate the much needed information into my life profile. I left weights at the gym. I used to do both cardio, and lift. I had to keep my cardio to a minimum, due to dropping weight fast. I am a small person 5' 6", 130 lbs, and do not want to lose any more weight. In fact, I would like to pick up about 5 lbs. My cholesterol is slightly high. How do I follow the program for lowering my cholesterol, and not lose weight. I eat well already, but, I need carbs to help keep the weight on. I can miss two meals, and the weight loss will show. Thanks for any and all advice.
So basically EVERY fat person has triglycerides because triglycerides come from the stored fat. The more fat you have the higher the triglycerides. So if you ARE LOSING WEIGHT you are RELEASING the stored fat (triglycerides) into your blood stream so that it can be released from your body in some form. Either by using the energy or solid or liquid waste. But there are slim people who have high triglycerides. So it is logical that the problem is not fat but how the body processes the fat. Otherwise slim people would not have this problem. Chemical processes of the body are more the cause. Triglycerides are a symptom not the problem.
I am thoroughly enjoying SparkPeople articles. Some of the information I'm reading, I know I've heard or read before, but the positive reinforcement of that information only makes it easier for me to understand how I need to make life style changes in order to keep my cholesterol and my triglycerides in check.
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