By bucky Latest Reply 2008-08-03 13:48:59 -0500
Started 2008-07-30 11:20:06 -0500

anyone besides of me suffering from this this is wicked and very hard to get under control im on every drug thats out there and again my tryglicerites are back to 8000.

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bucky 2008-08-03 13:48:59 -0500 Report


Hypertriglyceridemia (hTG) is a common disorder in the United States. The condition is exacerbated by uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, obesity, and sedentary habits, all of which are more prevalent in industrialized societies, particularly the United States, than in developing nations. In both epidemiologic and interventional studies, hypertriglyceridemia is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD).

Hypertriglyceridemia can be categorized by the Fredrickson classification (analysis of lipids by beta-quantification—ultracentrifugation followed by electrophoresis).1 In this classification, all but one of the hyperlipidemias, type IIa, are characterized by elevated triglycerides: types I, IIb, III, IV, and V. In types I, IIb, III, and V, serum cholesterol levels also are elevated.

Type I is a rare disorder and is characterized by severe elevations in chylomicrons and extremely elevated triglycerides, always well above 1000 mg/dL and as high as 10,000 mg/dL or higher. It is caused by mutations of either the gene lipoprotein lipase (LPL) or its cofactor, apolipoprotein (apo) C-II. Counter-intuitively, despite exceedingly high triglyceride elevations, these mutations do not confer an increased risk of atherosclerotic disease, which may have contributed to the unfounded belief that hypertriglyceridemia is not a risk for atherosclerotic disease. Because chylomicrons also contain a small amount of cholesterol, serum cholesterol levels are also quite high. Type I is the only form of hypertriglyceridemia that does not confer an increased risk for developing coronary artery disease.

Type IIb is the classic mixed hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides) caused by elevations in both low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL).

Type III is also known as dysbetalipoproteinemia, remnant removal disease, or broad-beta disease (see Dysbetalipoproteinemia). Typically, these patients have elevated total cholesterol and triglyceride levels and are easily confused with patients with type IIb hyperlipidemia. Patients with type III hyperlipidemia have elevations in intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL), a VLDL remnant, and a significant risk for developing coronary artery disease.

Type IV is characterized by abnormal elevations of VLDL, and triglyceride levels are almost always less than 1000 mg/dL. Serum cholesterol levels are normal.

Type V is characterized by elevations of both chylomicrons and VLDL. Triglyceride levels are invariably greater than 1000 mg/dL, and total cholesterol levels are always elevated; however, LDL cholesterol levels are normal. Given the rarity of type I disease, when triglyceride levels above 1000 mg/dL are noted, the most likely cause is type V hyperlipidemia.

Triglyceride levels greater than 1000 mg/dL increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. Because triglycerides are so labile, levels of 500 mg/dL or greater become the primary focus of therapy before turning to LDL-lowering therapy.

GabbyPA 2008-07-30 13:07:00 -0500 Report

My husband suffers from wacky triglicerides. His were over 1800 and the doctor told him he doesn't know why he is alive. He is generally healthy otherwise.
He tried some meds, but they really messed with his liver and our pocket book, so now we go the supplement way. (I suppose this is why I am a supplement preson myself for my diabetes) Anyway here are some things that he takes to help
Red Yeast Rice 2 daily
Fish Oil Omega 3 2 daily
We were using Policosinole, but we have not been able to find it for a long time, but that helps too.
We got him below 800 which is still insanely high, but it is MUCH lower than 1800
Cutting out fat and fried foods is important also. That is his weakenss. He just found out that his Medicare supplement plan will pay for his membership at a gym, so he will be going there as soon as the paperwork is done. Exercise always helps.

dolphin_dreamer1706 2008-07-31 11:37:19 -0500 Report

Gabby, What do ya mean you take suppliments for diabetes? What are they?


GabbyPA 2008-07-31 12:42:37 -0500 Report

I take a vitamin pack made by Nature Bounty and it has several supplements that are designed to help diabetics specifically. That one is more traditional, cinnamon, ala, CQ-10, and so on. My other one I get from my health food store and it has more of the herbs I was looking for. Bitter Melon, Bilberry, and many more. It is much less expensive than buying them all separately.

GabbyPA 2008-08-02 01:08:11 -0500 Report

Supplements are in your grocery store, your local drug store and healthfood store. I get mine from all three. Most of my typical items come from my grocer and drug store. I like my Walgreens because they offer buy one get one FREE all the time, and I just keep an eye out for the ones I use to be on sale. I have 3 items I can only find at my healthfood store and I go on the 10% off Tuesdays to get my savings there. I like shopping at the healthfood store too because they are very knowledgable about the products and what they do. I get great advice from them.
There are a LOT of online places to get things. I have found that the Vitamin Shoppe online has some of the better prices. The biggest thing is to be careful about getting supplements that have no added sugars. They sneak it in sometimes, specially if you are wanting a chewable type.

bucky 2008-08-03 03:19:42 -0500 Report

Medicare pays for a gym membership? can you tell me more about this?

GabbyPA 2008-08-03 06:35:51 -0500 Report

I don't know if Medicare pays for it, but my husbands Medicare supplement does. It is called MD Medicare Choice and it costs him $0 (nothing). It covers many unusual things that are in areas of improvement for health, not just treatment of illness. It is new to our area and we have not been with them for a year yet, but so far we have been very pleased with it. It is his part D Benefit

visit: www.mdmedicarechoice.com
or you can call 1-888-901-9208 M-F 9-6 EST

Evilannie 2008-08-03 07:22:51 -0500 Report

Also I have been told by doctors to cut out anything "white". Potatoes, rice, white bread and sugar. They say that plus walking briskly for 30 minutes a day will help bring the triglycerides down.

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