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ZMANINMD SparkPoints: (9)
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3/27/14 6:39 A

You should ask your doctor about a new drug Vascepa. It is an EPA only drug and does not have the side effects found with Lovazza; such as an increase in LDL levels and that fishy burp taste. I posted my experience with the drug and very happy with the outcome. Vascepa has a savings card that contributes $70 towards your co pay. With the savings and my insurance a 90 day supply cost $90. That beats all the OTC fish oils and they are not as effective. I would also worry about taking a high dose of OTC fish oil pills. You can find out more about the drug and savings card by visiting

KEVIN4642C SparkPoints: (6)
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3/26/14 4:34 P

I didn't want to take Lovaza because even though prescription it raises you LDL cholesterol and mine was slightly elevated

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (180,234)
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3/26/14 11:25 A

I was on Lovaza, and it lowered my triglycerides 75 points in 3 months. It is also expensive so unless your insurance covers it, I wouldn't bother. Some other helpful ways to lower your triglycerides number is to avoid alcohol and trans fats, and exercise regularly. That will also help raise HDL.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
3/26/14 8:25 A

1) bump
2) I agree with Michelle, and those 3 would help any person, on any diet.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,905)
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3/24/14 5:28 P

I would make 3 commitments (if you haven't made them already):
1. Walk 30-60 minutes 6x/week briskly (more if desired)
2. Eat all whole foods (nothing processed)
3. Sleep 8 hours/night.

3/23/14 12:29 P

There are many good articles on Spark People about both of these topics. Spend some time every day reading up on the issue so you're educated about what you need to do, it's good to know these things for life.

Just a few things to throw out:

Olive oil lowers LDL cholesterol but doesn't lower HDL, which is what you want.
Nuts are good, so is salmon, flax seed, and other sources of Omega-3's.
Regular exercise lowers your cholesterol.
Losing weight in general will lower your triglycerides and cholesterol.
Avoid refined grains and sugar; the blood sugar spikes aren't good for your triglycerides, and they don't help with weight loss either.

KEVIN4642C SparkPoints: (6)
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3/23/14 12:08 P

I take Vascepa too, lowered my triglycerides, LDL-C, cured my back pain and dry eyes, and makes me feel better overall, and no burping

ZMANINMD SparkPoints: (9)
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1/12/14 10:20 A

I posted my experience on another thread but you might want to try a new drug, Vascepa. It is a prescription drug and highly purified form of EPA derived from fish oil. I had a heart attack due to clogged arteries and my cholesterol count was 190 but I suffered from low HDL despite exercise. I have to keep my trigs low, under 100 and under 75 for LDL. You have to look at all the levels they consider bad cholesterol. I switched medication to low dose Crestor 10mg and 2g of Vascepa and my HDL not only broke 40, it broke 50 at 52. My LDL dropped to 47 and trig count was 84. I do watch what I eat and exercise.

You can read more about epa and it's benefits at and you can get a prescription savings card for Vascepa at It is safer than Lovazza, less side effects and it DOES NOT INCREASE LDL CHOLESTEROL like Lovazza.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/26/13 9:04 A

I agree with Algebragirl. Losing weight is a big factor. I'm not sure if exactly what you eat matters as much. She says she eats vegetarian, and I eat low carb, with 4 XL eggs and butter every day.

What I can say, is losing weight will drop total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Increased exercise will help raise HDL.

As far as the particular diet you want to follow, SP has their plan, or you should head back to your doctor, and ask what she means by the guidelines she told you to follow. Since you eat a set amount of protein, and that isn't going to change, the rest is fat and carbs. If protein stays at 20 % ( example ), then 80 % of your diet is fat/carbs ( energy ).

So if you cut fat, AND carbs both, then you will just be dropping overall calories, since the protein levels will stay the same. Unless you plan to eat 40 % protein, dropping the other two macros leaves you with less food. She may think that you are currently eating too much fat, and carbs, AND calories, but has she actually discussed this with you?

If you are eating 50/20/30, and 1250 calories a day, then cutting fat and carbs might be bad advice. Doctors tend to just repeat what they perceive as standard advice. They say the same things over and over. They are overworked, and while their advice is okay in general terms, they don't individualize their help.

Ask your doctor for ranges of all 3 macronutrients, so that you have an idea of what she intends for you to eat. Ask her if certain foods might help with either problem. Ask her how many calories you should eat in a day. If you sense that she is kind of just aiming you towards what she thinks is good advice, with no conviction, ask for a referral to a dietitian. They will have more time to sit down, and work with you one on one, and address YOUR health concerns, instead of general guidelines. They can give you a menu to follow.. meal by meal. That is something a doctor just doesn't have time to do. You need a specialist. A doctor is knowledgeable in many areas, but specializes in one, usually not nutrition.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 11/26/2013 (09:18)
11/25/13 8:00 P

You may want to use our Heart Healthy Center and meal plans.
You will find more articles on cholesterol, triglycerides, and lifestyle habits.

You may also want to ask your doctor for a referral to see a Registered Dietitian in your area.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
11/25/13 3:56 P

Ask your doctor about whether you should take fish oil pills.

My triglycerides have gone down in the past two years. I take fish oil supplements but I do think there are so many different supplements on the shelf that any input from a doctor will help you decide which one is best for you. Also, I've lost weight but I am practically a vegetarian these days and there are many weight loss diets. Tracking your food intake (you can do that here on Spark) is a good way to start. Your doc already gave you some guidelines but if you know what you already DO eat, it's easier to ask for specifics.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 11/25/2013 (16:01)
SARAHMO4 Posts: 335
11/25/13 3:52 P

I just got a cholesterol type test back from my doctor and she's recommending I lower my triglycerides and raise my good cholesterol. Both aren't to far away from normal but need to have me do something about them. I don't have any idea what's good or bad other than she recommended exercises and watching the fats and carbs I eat. Any resources here or how to start this would be helpful. I really don't know what to do or what makes up triglycerides and good cholesterol in the body or with diet and exercise. Any help would be appreciated.

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