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super high triglycerides and super low hdl, , genetic,inherite
qtbreezes posted:
What does anyone know about doctor told me in my late 30's that I have a condition called ( please forgive errant spelling) familial dyslipedemia. My fasting triglycerides were over 2000, and my hdl was 17, . He was very adament that this was very serious, and told me I would of course develop metobolic syndrome. Now over the past 3 months i have 3 seperate glucose tests run, 2 non fasting and the last one fasting, the first 2 tests were over 160 and the last one which was fasting was in the mid 120's. I have been told my liver is actually making fat, that is the genetic part of this triglyceride thing. Can anyone offer me any help??? I am currently taking 20 mg crestor and I think the other drug is Lipitor.. I think a doctor that specializes in lipid disorders may be what I need to do next, anyone have any experience with simililar lipid readings as mine?
billh99 responded:
" I think the other drug is Lipitor.."

That is also a statin. I doubt that you would be give 2 statins.

Here is a list of different meds and supplements used to treat triglycerides.

Could the 2nd med be Lovaza. It is a high potency version of fish oil (Omega 3).

Make sure that the doctor has checked your thyroid.

You can find a lipid specialist here.

Or check with a local med school or teaching hospital.
bobby75703 responded:
Hi qtbreezes,

I had a very similar situation as you. Low HDL and high triglycerides. My HDL was 18 and my Triglycerides were 1,040.

My personal situation turned out to be low thyroid function causing my elevated triglycerides. Once I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, replacing the missing thyroid hormone brought my triglycerides down 800 points in about a month.

Triglycerides are perhaps the easiest number to alter with lifestyle changes. Cutting back or eliminating alcoholic beverages, sodas, sweets, and refined carbohydrates can go a long way to dropping triglycerides fast.

Consuming around 3 grams daily of fish oil has also showed a significant drop in triglycerides if you want to take a pill to help.

So here it is in a nutshell:

1) Check thyroid function.
2) Cut back or eliminate sweets and treats.
3) Cut back or eliminate alcoholic beverages
4) Become physically active.
5) Take some fish oil.
6) Cut back or eliminate refined carbohydrates.

That should be a start.

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