Triglyceride help...............

By Sunflower71 Latest Reply 2012-11-05 06:53:54 -0600
Started 2012-10-27 09:58:50 -0500

Well my A1c came back 5.8% but my Triglycerides are still high at 230…which they started out at 897 I have tried and tried and I am not able to get them down. Anyone have any ideas for me?????? Help, help, help…My heart doctor just upped my triglyceride meds in May.

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GabbyPA 2012-10-29 13:31:17 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, high triglycerides are part of the diabetic package usually. I take time released niacin for mine. I can only do the 250 mg, as the 500 spikes me. But since you are on meds, I would not combine them without asking first.

My husband is not diabetic but he has crazy blood work in that regard. The cholesterol meds make him sick, so the doctor has recommended krill oil pills for him as well.

Exercise is the other thing that helps with that. You may want to see if there is something additional you can add to your regular exercise routine?

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brenda wilson 2012-11-05 04:45:27 -0600 Report

yep my trigllycerides are high like 600.I was told fish oil is suppose to help.not sure.It seems as if nothing helps mine.

jigsaw 2012-11-05 06:53:54 -0600 Report

I found fish oil to help somewhat, but you would probably need to take additional measures. Your body turns carbs into glucose, and excess glucose is turned into triglycerides. Foods that are high in animal fats such as some meats are another source of triglycerides. Watch your carb intake in particular, because that is frequently and most likely the culprit. Hi triglycerides contribute to artherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries), so you definitely want to take corrective measures ! Cardio type exercise also helps to lower triglycerides. See my previous response to Sunflower71.

jigsaw 2012-10-29 18:34:45 -0500 Report

You know Gabby, Krill oil and also fish oil slipped my mind ! My primary care physician recommended Lovasa. It is simply a pharmaceutical grade fish oil that I get very inexpensively. Over a period of a few months, it lowered my triglycerides approximately 30 to 50 points ! Any good quality fish oil or krill oil should help.
I use to take niacin a few years ago with excellent results also. So yes Gabby, I second your quality info. These are a few less commonly known options available to try, with a doctors approval of course.

MoeGig 2012-10-28 09:22:35 -0500 Report

Jigsaw below is right. I maintain a Atkins type minimum carb diet (don't hold back on fat/protein) and my levels are super low. Of course, genetics makes a big difference as well.

tabby9146 2012-10-27 18:39:57 -0500 Report

I hope you find things that work and can get them down. I wish I could offer advice. mine was within the range the doctor wants, but they were the last part of my cholesterol to get in line, more stubborn.

Nick1962 2012-10-27 13:22:10 -0500 Report

I'll just tag onto jigsaw's excellent response below with…
it also depends on your weight. If you're overweight, trigs seem to have a harder time falling in line. My trigs didn't fall as my A1c did, but rather as I lost weight and brought my cholesterol down. It took me 2 years, but mine hover between 30 and 60 now, down from 450, and like jigsaw, without meds. I was however (unlike jigsaw) about 100 lbs. overweight, so there were a lot of places to store those trigs as well.
Congrats on the 5.8 by the way, as well as bring those trigs down so well!

Sunflower71 2012-11-01 11:29:49 -0500 Report

Thanks it been a hard year but im taking it day by day. I am 30 pounds over weight and have lost 33pounds in the past year.

Nick1962 2012-11-01 15:04:49 -0500 Report

It really is a day by day thing trying to juggle weightloss and diabetes. You have to eat to keep from going low or having your liver kick in and dump glucose making you go high, but then you really don't want to because you think it'll go straight to the waist. Keep it up though, you're doing really good and eventually everything will fall in line and you won't even have to think about it anymore. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and you're getting close to it.

Sunflower71 2012-10-27 12:05:36 -0500 Report

I will try that thanks. O and I am tsking Zocor 20mg and Zetia 10mg once daily.

jigsaw 2012-10-27 16:20:40 -0500 Report

Of course genetics play a role for better or worse. Eventually, and years later I had to take meds to control my triglycerides also. Even with restricted carbs and a low fat diet, my triglycerides would go up to at least 350 or so without any meds. I know because I tried it last year.
By all means, if you can improve your diet and exercise, then give it the old college try ! Maybe you can eliminate the meds. Good luck !!!

jigsaw 2012-10-27 10:41:48 -0500 Report

I had triglycerides at 700 about 20 years ago! I got them down to 80 within 9 months without meds. Exercise and diet are what worked for me. I have maintained my triglycerides at satisfactory levels ever since. They are currently 80. By the way, 5 doctors told me it could not be done without meds.
The correct answer to your question is somewhat dependent on the meds you are taking, diet, and exercise. Without this info, it would only be a wild guess, since there are numerous variables to consider.
Here is a hint however ! Your body turns carbs into glucose, and excess glucose is stored as triglycerides as per Dr. Atkins ! There has to be a source for your body to form and store triglycerides. It is also possible to ingest triglycerides through fatty type foods.
It is possible that lowering carb intake, cardio exercise, and the correct combo of meds will lower your triglycerides. As a matter of fact, and assuming there are no additional complications, I would personally bet on it !

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