High triglycerides have always seemed to be a problem with my patients. But for various reasons they have found it hard to tolerate prescription therapies. Recent studies indicate that fish oil supplements appear to have as much of an impact on triglycerides as some of the less well tolerated prescription medications. Talk to your doctor about how to incorporate them into your therapeutic regimen.
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By: ppatel24: Jun, 22, 2011 09:45 AM
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in blood and are used by the body to create energy. Some triglycerides are good for health, but a large amount can raise your risk of heart disease and can be a sign of metabolic syndrome. A blood test that measures cholesterol can also measure the amount of triglycerides. The ranges are:
Normal: less than 150
Border-line High: 150-199
Very High: 500 or higher
High triglycerides can be caused by obesity, poorly-controlled diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, overindulgence, amd high use of alcohol. There are some medication that RAISE triglycerides, such as tamoxifen, steroids, beta-blockers, diuretics, estrogen, and birth control, and therefore should be avoided. You can lower your triglycerides by staying at a healthy weight, limiting fats and sugars, being more active, limiting alcohol, and not smoking.
Hey there. One of the lesser known drug therapies for high triglycerides etc (usually it's a triumvirate of triglycerides, cholesterol and blood glocose, I'm given to understand) is Anatara, made by a company in Waltham, MA. I've been on it for four years now, and it was originally prescribed to resolve such high levels that it was filling up the back of my eyes with cholesterol and producing Eruptive Xanthomas on the rest of my body. After two months of taking the Antara with negligible side effects, my triglyceride and cholesterol levels had dropped by about 90%. Most people, even in the medical community, have never heard of this medicine but seriously, it needs to be considered much more widely than it is.