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Doctor insights on: Drug To Treat Elevated Cholesterol And Triglycerides

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Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

It's not a statin.: Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by 18%, which is relatively weak compared to some statins. However, when combined with a statin, it can give much more significant LDL lowering. Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you. Welchol (colesevelam) is a cholesterol absorption blocker of a different type, which may also be effective. ...Read more

Triglyceride (Definition)

are crucially important, energy-dense, poorly-water-soluble molecules made of 3 fat molecules attached to a glycerol backbone. They are made by all animals, including humans http://goo.gl/H7mItd, mostly in the liver, as a way of storing energy & transported within fat carrying proteins (lipoproteins). Production & storage ↑es on sugar/carbohydrate LFHC foods driving ↑ LDL-P & ...Read more


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Which statin drug is best for high cholesterol ?

Which statin drug is best for high cholesterol ?

Statin: In general the one you can afford. Rosuvastatin is the most potent milligram for milligram but they all work. You need diet and exercise also, and don't smoke. ...Read more

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Reasons to test cholesterol and triglycerides?

Reasons to test cholesterol and triglycerides?

Good question: Cholesterol not as important as triglycerides which indicate sugar in diet. Cholesterol/hdl ratio should be betweeen 3 and 5. They are indicators of health risk. ...Read more

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Can cholesterol lowering medications be used to elevate HDL levels. The research doesn't seem to support that choice? Total and LDL are w/in range

Can cholesterol lowering medications be used to elevate HDL levels. The research doesn't seem to support that choice? Total and LDL are w/in range

HDL: Hdl is not often helped with cholesterol drugs. There is some disagreement about this with crestor (rosuvastatin). But, HDL is very much affected by lifestyle. Moderate cardiovascular exercise of at least twenty minutes per day combined with a high protein and low carb diet can significantly elevate the hdl. ...Read more

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How to treat high blood lipids?

How to treat high blood lipids?

Diet/exercise & meds: High lipids (cholesterol) is treated with a low saturated fat, high fiber diet, cardiovascular exercise, and medications. Your doctor can make specific recommendations based on which lipids are elevated. ...Read more

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I have moderately elevated cholesterol levels, and am prescribe statin drugs. Which control it nicely, but cause erectile dysfunction. Alternatives?

Different dose or me: Compliance with medication is affected when problems arise, especially ed. Try switching to a different statin, lower the dose & combine with another cholesterol medication. Consider a stress test b/c ED and coronary artery blockage are connected. Decrease your animal fat including dairy and eat more plants. Add coq10 200mg to help with statin side effects and fish oil to help with triglyceride. ...Read more

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High cholesterol and high glucose levels, how should I treat this?

High cholesterol and high glucose levels, how should I treat this?

Elevated : See your doctor for treatment for the cholesterol and glucose. You'll need to learn the appropriate diet and exercise programs and likely take medications. ...Read more

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How are levels of HDL and LDL linked to heart disease?

How are levels of HDL and LDL linked to heart disease?

Lipids: In general HDL helps keep fatty deposits from forming in blood vessels and LDL helps form fatty deposits in blood vessels. Blocked heart blood vessels by fatty deposits and their evolution cause heart disease. ...Read more

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Need info on diabetes and relationship to high cholesterol. Can one drug treat both?

Need info on diabetes and relationship to high cholesterol.  Can one drug treat both?

Yes: Most diabetics tend to have high cholesterol. When one has diabetes the risks of a heart attack increases because of its association to increased level of cholesterol. There is a new drug called welchol (colesevelam). It has lipid lowering effect and also helsp in lowering bs. It is not the first line of drug choice. If your diabetes is not that bad and your cholesterol is elevated welchol (colesevelam) may certainly. ...Read more

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Does diabetic meds and cholesterol meds put u to high risk of increasing creatinine level?

Does diabetic meds and cholesterol meds put u to high risk of increasing creatinine level?

Metformin - statins: There are no known interactions between the most commonly diabetes medication - Metformin and statins, which is commonly used for high cholesterol. However, caution should be used when starting patients with poor renal function on Metformin. ...Read more

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What would be more effective for high triglycerides 342mg/dl and LDL 69. Atorvas20mg or combination atorva 10mg+fenofibrate 160mg. Total choles 210?

What would be more effective for high triglycerides 342mg/dl and LDL 69. Atorvas20mg or combination atorva 10mg+fenofibrate 160mg. Total choles 210?

Likely combo: probably the two in combination. I'd try monotherapy first, ie lipitor (atorvastatin) higher dose. If that doesn't grt you to target then goto combo ...Read more

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What is the best medication for reducing tg, my father has hyper triglyceridemia (tg =430) and cholestrol, HDL & LDL are normal?

What is the best medication for reducing tg, my father has hyper triglyceridemia (tg =430) and cholestrol, HDL & LDL are normal?

No consensus: Expect several answers from several different physicians. I've followed this for the past 30 years, watched recommendations come and go, and formed a non-specialist impression that this is first and foremost a marker for someone who could benefit from some healthy lifestyle choices before seeking health from a pill bottle. Why not undertake some father-daughter fitness activities? ...Read more

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What is/are the class types of anti-hypertensive prescription medications that tend to raise blood glucose levels?

What is/are the class types of anti-hypertensive prescription medications that tend to raise blood glucose levels?

Thiazides, beta bloc: The two classes of antihypertensive meds associated with raising sugars are thiazide diuretics, and beta blockers. Angiotensin blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers, calcium blockers do not adversely affect blood sugar in diabetics, have other potential benefits to diabetics, and are considered the preferred medications. ...Read more

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What natural medication can be taken to lower chollesterol and triglicerides?

What natural medication can be taken to lower chollesterol and triglicerides?

Fish oil: Fish oil is great! make sure you get 1.2 grams of epa:dha at 3:2 ratio daily. Take with meals for better absorption and decreasing side effect of fishy taste upon belching! dont buy the products that have saturated fats; the cheaper brands! ...Read more

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Low carb diet ok for high triglycerides? Taking triglyde. Triglyceride levels on meds is 350, LDL is 201, HDL 28, on meds. Is any fat ok? I exercise.

Low carb diet ok for high triglycerides? Taking triglyde. Triglyceride levels on meds is 350, LDL is 201, HDL 28, on meds. Is any fat ok? I exercise.

Need more: You need a more thorough evaluation as your lipids have more abnormalities that high triglycerides; LDL is too high and HDL is low, both bad. Please consult your doctor for advise about diet, exercise, and medication. ...Read more

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Can overactive thyroid cause high triglycerides? And why would my cholesterol lvls be good but triglycerides high?

Can overactive thyroid cause high triglycerides? And why would my cholesterol lvls be good but triglycerides high?

Not usually: Overactive thyroid is not a usual cause of high triglycerides. You may try reducing your intake of carbohydrates and consult your doctor for the need to take medication, depending on the level of fasting triglycerides. ...Read more

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What are ways to raise HDL or good cholesterol levels?

What are ways to raise HDL or good cholesterol levels?

Several Options: Several things to consider. Eliminate things that lower HDL cholesterol (hdl-c) like smoking. Maintain regular exercise. Modest alcohol intake can increase hdl-c, so long as it does not raise triglyceride levels. Treat elevated blood sugar if present. Finally, talk with your doctor about certain medications that may decrease hdl-c levels. ...Read more

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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally, for most people Hi-Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles while ↓Chol foods ↑LDL; driving ...Read more