Triglycerides Skyrocket!

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-01-22 23:04:35 -0600
Started 2009-01-08 17:22:19 -0600

Man, I went to have my first full labs in over 3 years and boy did I get an eye full. I have never had issues with high cholesterol or triglycerides before. They have always been quite good…but then so was my sugar level at one time. Anyway, I am at a loss of why and want to know how you guys have kept yours in control or how you manage it now. I cleaned up my diet and am exercising more now than I did when I was normal.
I have been told that once my BG is in better control, that this may take care of itself as well. My mom said hers were high when she was newly diagnosed and they are normal now, with no meds or major diet changes. Why does this happen?

24 replies

bucky 2009-01-21 22:57:37 -0600 Report

i live with hypertriglyceridemia and im taken or have tried all the drugs that has been metioned here and to this point none really seem to be helping. its not always from what ya eat for some people your blood will make triglycerides my blood is so thick they got to boil my blood to get a accrect A1C panel i eat no more then 5 grams of fat each meal. as i sit here at this moment my triglycerides sit at 27,000. my side effects are acute paencreastitis cause my blood is so thick,
So i guess im asking if anyone knows of any place is looking for giggy pigs to try new meds? my docs are at a lost they say that what i have 1 in a million people get its caused by 2 bad genes thanks mom and dad lol.

GabbyPA 2009-01-21 23:17:40 -0600 Report

My husband is like you. His run in the 18,000's and it is insane. He doesn't have high blood pressure or anyother ailemnts (other than being in a wheel chair) It freaked me out. We give him Red yeast Rice and Polycosinol, and that helped get it lower, but it is still very high. The drugs the doctor perscribed messed with his liver, so we said no to that.
When you find that study...let us know. LOL

bucky 2009-01-22 13:28:38 -0600 Report

i feel ya with the liver concerns i just found out last week that my liver is full of triglycerides and is having a major negitive affect on it gabby has your husband had any paencre attacks or anything else that i may get see my problem is that all my docs dont have the answers that im lookin for there all at a lost.

GabbyPA 2009-01-22 23:04:35 -0600 Report

As far as I know he has never had any issues with his pancrease. He even had me test his BG levels when I first got diagnosed. Curiosity I suppose, but he is below 100 after a meal, so he's good there.

dj7110 2009-01-19 21:19:32 -0600 Report

I have had high cholesterol, triglycerides problems myself, but finally have it under control on my last 2 blood work checks. with the help of meds gemfibrozil and Vitorin 10/40. Another food that helps a great deal in lowering cholesterol is oatmeal.

GabbyPA 2009-01-20 09:26:03 -0600 Report

How much did the oatmeal help you? It makes my sugar rise a lot, so I have avoided it so far. I talked to my pharmicist about oatmeal. She suggested using steel cut over regular old fashioned oats, as there is more fiber and it doesn't have added things to it. There is a great discussion going on Steel cut Oats if you want to check it out.

dj7110 2009-01-20 12:42:06 -0600 Report

hwen i made the change and added the oatmeal to my diet it brought my triglicerides down to where they should be. I have been below 100 last couple of times and have everything there under control pretty well. they were in the upper 300's when i started my medication a few yrs ago. but have been the best and got good complimites from the dr on last 2 times. Another thing I did though too was switched from garlic salt to garlic powder. garlic is a known seasoning for lowering the numbers also.. But the salt doesn't help. I am still fighting with my sugars though as last time my AIC was 8.2.. Had increase in insulin than to the 50 units on the Lantis. Due for my next AIC test next month and hopeing for better results there but still looks to be about the same in my book.

GabbyPA 2009-01-20 20:30:28 -0600 Report

You inspired me to get some steel cut oats and try them for breakfast. I have had a couple of pretty elevated days of late. Being sick and some emergency room stresses have bumped it up I think. So I might wait a day or two before I try them. But it is going to be cold tomorrow, so it is very tempting....brrrr

GabbyPA 2009-01-19 21:02:19 -0600 Report

Here is what I did...I got a lower dose of Niacin and used one for my control. It has been great so far. No side effects at all, so I am happy about that. I will use the lower dose until my next lab. Then if I still have to get my numbers down, I will up it after talking to my doctor and/or pharmacist. Thanks for the suggestions.

GabbyPA 2009-01-09 16:19:26 -0600 Report

Ok, but here is the dig. I have changed my diet a lot. I eat almost all fresh things, no saturated fats except what is in my meat. I only use canola and olive oils and have kicked out hyrdoginated anything for the most part. I have lost over 60 pounds and this is a new issue. Wow. I can only imagine what it was before I made all of those changes! Though like I said, it was never a problem before.
I will ask my doctor about these recommendations when I see him in February.

Avera 2009-01-08 21:17:48 -0600 Report


I forgot something. I still take a med for the high cholesterol.

I take Simvastatin. My doctor writes a prescription for the 80mg pill. I get the prescription for a 3 month supply at Walmart for $5.00. I only take 1/2 the pill , the doctor worked it out this way. This way I get 6 months of meds for one low price. In case you didn't know, you need to ask your doctor to write it for 3 months.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-09 08:05:00 -0600 Report

Gabby, I have a normal range for the past year and still taking zocor. I think everytime I go to my MD that medicine will be dropped. No, they said its because of the med that my bood work is so good. I am clueless and don't understand. One thing I do know, when I used to take dialysis all the good foods I should of been eaten was no allowed to me because of the renal diet. I was not allowede fresh anything. I had to eat canned friut and vegetable. Before that I never ate those from a can. Was cholesterol went so high and I felt terrible. But now I am allow to go back and eat fruit and vegetable fresh again( some types though) and my cholesterol has plummetted drasticly. I know it has all to do with eating habits. That is why this year my goal is a healthy lifestyle to eating, but I refuse to call it a diet. If I think of it as a diet I seem to always fail. I hope this helps a little,,,,,,,,,,Debe

Avera 2009-01-08 21:11:20 -0600 Report


Hope this info helps you with your high triglycerides.

AHA Recommendation — Dietary treatment goals

Changes in lifestyle habits are the main therapy for hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides). 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.
Eat fruits, vegetables and nonfat or low-fat dairy products most often.
Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more 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.
Because other risk factors for coronary artery disease multiply the hazard from hyperlipidemia, control high blood pressure and avoid cigarette smoking. If drugs are used to treat hypertriglyceridemia, dietary management is still important. Patients should follow the specific plans laid out by their physicians and nutritionists.

Just to let you know, I had the very same problem. When my blood sugar levels got better under control, the triglyceride problem went away.


GabbyPA 2009-01-09 16:21:48 -0600 Report

I hope that is the case. I think the 1000mg of Metformin will do more for my numbers. The 500mg didn't do anything to help me really. I will see how it goes. I will ask the doctor if I can have a full lab in 3 months again and see if it is improving along with my BG.

2catty 2009-01-09 17:32:30 -0600 Report

I use to take 1,500 and it still did nothing. But good luck with yours I do hope it helps. It can be very good for some people. It just didn't help me.

kdroberts 2009-01-08 18:33:03 -0600 Report

One of the classic signs of insulin resistance, at least as I've been told, is an HDL and triglyceride level that are completely out of whack, usually with really high trigs. As you have been told, getting control of your blood sugar will help since you should be helping with the IR as well as eating less carb which will also help. I know you drink red wine at dinner and have had some results but alcohol is one of the things that raises trigs, if you are unlucky smaller amounts than you drink can lead to big rises. I haven't read all the replies so sorry if it's been posted but you want to eat stuff that's high in poly and mono unsaturated fat especially stuff that's high in omega 3 and 6. If you want to take something you can try the fish oils and flax seed oils or you could just do it the old fashioned (and my personal favorite) way, eat fish and stuff that contains flax!

GabbyPA 2009-01-08 18:58:38 -0600 Report

I have increased my fish intake to about 3 times a week, plus I do take Omega 3. I use chia seeds instead of flax. I don't like flax so much. But I can learn! LOL. I have stopped the red wine due to costs. I do eat only olive oil and canola oil and I try to eat about 1/4 Cup of walnuts every day.
The Metformin doesn't seem to really help at all. I asked for a higer dose, so now I am doing 500 in the AM and PM. I hope that will help too. Geeze.

2catty 2009-01-08 18:19:57 -0600 Report

I have the same problem. The Dr. told me b/g can make your triglycerides and cholesterol high. And family members that have it can be passed down to your genes. I have never had a problem till now either. Mine was in the 300's Which is more than double than what it should be. They put me on gemfibrozil and later added simvastatin. They are coming down now. Most likely meds are needed unfortunately. But the good news is I only pay 20.00 for the gemfibrozil and 6.00 for the simvastatin. Good luck and make sure you discuss your options with your Dr.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-08 17:33:42 -0600 Report

Geez, it's always something, isn't it? Sorry to hear that. In years past my triglycerides ran higher than they should. My total cholesterol and the LDL & HDL numbers were always ok - just the triglyceries seemed to be the issue. I've taken meds for that for years, and, while they worked to some extent, I didn't have real success until my doctor put me on OTC Niacin a couple of years ago. All my numbers are fine now.

Cholesterol problems require an adjustment in your diet, of course, but this is another area where the problem is handed down in the family. (Gee, thanks mom & dad!) If your parents (as mine did) had problems with it, you're likely to as well. But diet, exercise and meds should help to get it in control. I'm now a big believer in Niacin, and Ive talked to a number of others who have been dramatically helped by it. I take 500mg a day. Ask you doctor about that if he/she doesn't mention it.

GabbyPA 2009-01-08 17:37:50 -0600 Report

My total Cholseterol is high, 223. Wow! I alwyas ran below 180. So I had a great chat with my pharmisist, and she said that Niacin would raise my sugar levels. My mom took the perscription for it, and she said after 3 days her skin was like sandpaper and it hurt to the touch. Did anything like that happen to you?

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-08 17:55:56 -0600 Report

Somewhat, but I've not noticed my BS being affected. You may feel what they refer to as a "flush" after taking it, but they do have the "anti-flush" med too. It effects people differently, however, so some folks notice it more than others. I have had it a few times (but rarely - more in the beginning), and it's like a hot flash with a prickly feeling. It comes shortly after taking the pill and goes away very quickly.

GabbyPA 2009-01-08 18:01:57 -0600 Report

Hmmm, and what kind of price range are we talking about for the OTC? The med that was perscribed for me to take is $65 for a month. Let me see...nope! Can't do that. I am already taking 1200mg of Red Yeast Rice and 2000mg of Omega 3. Quaker oatmeal sends my numbers thru the roof, but the pharmisist said that I could try steel cut oats. I can get those are my local farmer's market. So I will be trying that.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-08 18:14:10 -0600 Report

You can get 100 of the 500 mg for around $15.00. I've taken the Walgreen and Kroger brands, as well as ordered from Puritan. Puritan has excellent prices on all their items, and they have everything ( Lots of "buy one, get one" etc. If the doctor approves of it, you might want to start out with a lower dosage (100mg, 250 mg). Walgreens also does the "buy one, get one" thing on their vitamins and supplements real often.

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