About 6 months ago I had a lab test, and my cholesterol was about 200, HDL, and LDL were perfect, but my triglycerides were 970! I was started on a high dose of Vytorin, and several months later my triglycerides came down to about 485. Well, I just had another blood test yesterday, and my triglycerides are back up to 587. My cholesterol is 169 and the other tests are completely in normal range. I am not overweight, and eat a pretty healthy diet. Could this be hereditary? My aunt also has high triglycerides, but her other lipids are normal. Any good suggestions on what I should do? I see the dr. on Monday. Thanks in advance!
THESE ARE WORRYING LEVELS ----- --- BUT IMP TO NOTE -----WAS THIS TEST DONE IN A FASTING STATE ......TG RISE RAPIDLY WITH MEALS ........ IF THEY R FASTING ...THEN U SHUD RULE OUT FAMILIAL HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIAS ...THEY RUN IN FAMILES .... THIS HIGH LEVEL CAN MAKE U PRONE TO CARDIAC & VASCULAR ILLNESS & PANCREATITIS....
AHA Recommendation — Dietary treatment goals
Changes in lifestyle habits are the main therapy for hypertriglyceridemia. These are the changes you need to make:
If you're overweight, cut down on calories to reach your ideal body weight. This includes all sources of calories, from fats, proteins, carbohydrates and alcohol.
Reduce the saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol content of your diet.
Reduce your intake of alcohol considerably. Even small amounts of alcohol can lead to large changes in plasma triglyceride levels.
Be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days each week.
People with high triglycerides may need to substitute monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats —such as those found in canola oil, olive oil or liquid margarine — for saturated fats. Substituting carbohydrates for fats may raise triglyceride levels and may decrease HDL ("good") cholesterol in some people.
Substitute fish high in omega-3 fatty acids instead of meats high in saturated fat like hamburger. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
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