fish oil

By jason123 Latest Reply 2011-12-22 08:06:57 -0600
Started 2010-09-10 20:03:12 -0500

Anybody here take fish oil to lower LDL? How is it working for you?

40 replies

jigsaw 2011-12-22 08:06:57 -0600 Report

I've taken fish oil caps for many years. The one thing that I've noticed clearly is a reduction in my triglycerides. My LDL was good before I started taking fish oil and I did not notice any change in LDL afterwards. I monitor my diet closely and exercise regularly which is the biggest factor in managing my cholesterols. I still need to take a statin to keep cholesterol and triglycerides in check!

Brenda_B 2010-09-29 15:36:15 -0500 Report

I started taking fish oil about 3 years ago. (found out Rx is better, less chance of mercury). It took nearly a year before saw much results but finally my triglycerides went from 360 to 175 and have stayed there… and I did not have any… LOL… "fish farts" . As a side note my other cholesterol reading have always been normal (?) … My friend say "NORMAL" is only a setting on a washing machine.

Tracy J
Tracy J 2010-09-26 11:05:40 -0500 Report

Hi Jason123, Yes, I have taken it in the past and got back on it just recently to aquire the positive benefits I received, lowering my LDL. I find it to be very beneficial for me. I had to realize though that just taking the fish oil alone was not going to get it. I had to improve my eating habits by watching what I ate, drink plenty of water, exercise and most all PRAY. I encourage you to be patient w yourself, because I had to learn patience. It will not happen overnight, it takes routine to achieve our positive results. Keep on trucking my friend and watch your results place a smile on your face that will encourage you to carry on. BE BLESSED My Brother. Ms Tracy

nikadee 2010-09-17 08:49:58 -0500 Report

yes…i take 1200 twice a day…mgs that is!!! it has worked beautifully for me…you just have to get past the initial fish farts…lol

jason123 2010-09-17 09:30:50 -0500 Report

Glad it is working for you. What is your LDL now? that is the result of both otc fish oil and statin, right?

hogrider37 2010-09-15 08:11:06 -0500 Report

I just started taking over the counter fish oil about 2 months ago, My primary care recommended it so when i get my next bllod test I'll see how its helped.

msann 2010-09-14 20:24:55 -0500 Report

hey jason123, i started taking 1000 a day month ago noticed my bsl staying between 90- 110 that what educator want it to be, but not precsiption, take care they are nature made

jaclyncrystal 2010-09-13 14:50:04 -0500 Report

I have not tried any prescription fish oil, I have just been taking pure wild salmon supplements for my colestrol, next test at end of october, will have better idea of how it is working, then I might inquire about the prescription one. I refuse to take the statins, makes my dr. crazy I am sure but they are a class of drugs I want to stay away from.

nikadee 2010-09-17 08:52:39 -0500 Report

i take fish oil and the statins…i had a heart attack last february at 38, the statins seemed less risky then a repeat of that…

angelalock 2010-09-13 11:43:43 -0500 Report

i've reached a coverage gap in my script coverage and i now have to pay full price for all my meds. happy happy joy joy! :{ i had to make choices on what meds i had to have and what i could afford, so i had to stop taking one of my chol. meds and change the other to an older formula that is considerably cheaper. my doc put me on otc fish oil, but i haven't had my levels checked since. i hope it's kept my numbers down. my chol. was fine…great even, my trig. on the other hand are still way out of control. can't afford that med though. insurance companies are the bane of those of us who have high monthly medical expenses and very little income. wish me luck on keeping it all down!!!!

bicker68 2010-09-11 23:37:05 -0500 Report

I was taking fish oil, but my Dr. told me that she wanted to put me on a precribed fish oil. I'm not sure why.

jason123 2010-09-12 08:47:21 -0500 Report

If I am not mistaken, she will put you on Lovaza. Concentrated fish oil, natural, little if any side effects, very powerful, will absolutely blow away your LDL, took a digit off mine when I was first diagnosed with D! My HDL went through the roof!…The only 'side effect' is on your wallet if your ins. won't cover, it is close to $100/month…Hope this helps :-)

bicker68 2010-09-14 06:08:50 -0500 Report

I hope it helps, I go see my Dr. on thursday. I've got good Ins., so it should cover it. I just have a small co-pay. Thanks for the info.

bizzach 2010-09-12 09:57:35 -0500 Report

I take Lovaza and have for 6 years in the long run your cholesterol will really lower greatly, and it also has an effect on your brain something to do with your myelin sheaths and their lining, it helps your memory and helps you to think clearer. So give it a chance it has really worked for me, and if you can get a prior authorization from your doc your insurance may cover it!!

jason123 2010-09-12 10:21:23 -0500 Report

Off topic, you didn't go to school with Derek Jeter, did you? My favorite Yankee is same age and from the same hometown as you…sorry, I have to ask…and I probably should keep taking Lovaza instead of statin if you are right.. How do you know about its effect on brain?

bizzach 2010-09-12 10:25:39 -0500 Report

Derek was quite a few years younger than me and went to school with my cousin and they are still close friends!! And about Lovaza i originally was prescribed it by my psychiatrist as a med for my brain function and it helped!!!!

RAYT721 2010-09-11 13:37:57 -0500 Report

I just got my blood work done and the cholesterol is down. I started on a statin drug since last testing and I have also voluntarily been taking fish oil so it's hard to say which was responsible for the lowered numbers. I not only talked to my doctor about statins after hearing of the "dangers," but spoke with my wife's cardiologist. Both doctors said there was more of a risk of problems from not taking the statins than from taking them. I would love the day when I can get off the blood pressure meds and statin but I guess they are helping to keep my readings under control. Is the fish oil helping? I can't answer that. I do know that it's not hurting.

jason123 2010-09-12 08:34:21 -0500 Report

Hey Ray, thanks for your msg. I just saw your other post, 87 is an excellent number for LDL, congrats! What was your number before? If you have that we can see the difference…My LDL was under 100 when I took statin, then I stopped. My 2 LDL lab results came back 121 and 4 month later 105. I have a new lab result coming out later this month, if it is 121 or above, my dr will be urging me to get back on statin again…I just started to take fish oil, maybe I should wait for the next lab result to decide what to do…

My feeling dealing with dr is, on the record, they will never say anything against their 'operating manuel', but privately, they are really not that crazy about statin…I guess I will be the first one to find out what fish oil alone does for one's LDL on my next lab result (not the one later this month). Good luck to all!

RAYT721 2010-09-12 13:52:38 -0500 Report

Now it is important for me to say that when talking with doctors about the statin side effect, each has mentioned that the "safe" comment comes from research on middle aged patients and I would assume would have a different response for younger people. I will look for the last test and let you know what it said for comparison. There are risks and side effects to all prescription medications which is why the ideal would be to be off of everything. But I will continue to take doctor's advice especially since I had received a second opinion that confirmed things.

jason123 2010-09-12 15:53:35 -0500 Report

Thanks again for your input. I remember one side effect I had while on statin was the muscle pain, which meant more strain on kidney…I will try to make an intelligent decision out of all this. You are not that much older than me Ray, :-) I understand your reason for taking statin, My LDL is not that bad to begin with, I am hoping this fish oil alone will do the trick…Thanks again.

Whomi? 2010-09-11 23:36:41 -0500 Report

Forgive my ignorance…but what are "statins"?

RAYT721 2010-09-12 01:58:37 -0500 Report

I'm sorry… qnmimi is correct. There is and was and probably will be much debate over the safety of statin drugs as to their potential side effects. I went from a cholesterol of right around 200 down to 165 since my last blood work. Was it the fish oil? Was it the statin med? Was it more exercise? better diet? There are many changes in my life since my last blood test that I can't pinpoint that this did this or that did that. I do know that I intend to keep doing what I am doing as long as my numbers are getting better.

gregsteele 2010-09-11 11:41:03 -0500 Report

I also take omega red krill since starting it in jan my numbers have improved love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-09-11 16:05:28 -0500 Report

I have been thinking of the change to krill oil. Have you noticed if it works better or the same?

Swbtab03 2010-09-30 15:02:30 -0500 Report

I just got a free sample of Omega red from
krill oil- anybody get any true results yet and does it interact with other meds like statins, high blood pressure pills,and metformin

jayabee52 2010-09-11 00:53:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Jason

I have taken Omega red Krill oil (no fishy burps and its free from heavy metal pollution )

My LDL is naturally pretty good - always has been. So my taking the omega 3s is not signifigant. But you might want to look at this from Mayo Clinic website:

Hope this helps



Kayjane 2010-09-30 15:07:02 -0500 Report

My doctor had me take fish oil for my triglisorits(can't spell sorry) she let me try for a year she just had to put me on prescription med because the fish oil wasn't working for me. My other cholestrol levels are fine.

jason123 2010-09-11 06:09:37 -0500 Report

Thanks James for the link. My LDL ain't that bad either, but always a touch above 100 without statin..I hate to be on statin for life. A cardiologist I met suggested fish oil for heart health, just wondering if anybody have any measurable improvments on their cholestrol levels?

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