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High Cholesterol Message Board

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Cholesterol can be calculated using the Friedewald formula as follows:

LDL = TC - HDL - TG/5

LDL= 345-62=283-(275/5)

275/5 = 55

LDL = 283-55

LDL = 228
(check my math, lol)

If your trigs go over 400, there is no way that your ldl can be calculated accurately, either by this commonly used formula, or a direct ldl measurement.

Alcohol can really increase your trigs drastically. There is a medicine, Tricor which is a fenofibrate (not a statin), and at least one more, Gemfibrozil (fenofibrate), that are prescribed to specifically lower trigs. There is a WARNING, that states fenofibrates should not be taken with statins. It can increase the adverse side effects of statins. Also, fenofibrates can cause the SAME adverse reactions that statins cause.

Exercise is good to lower the trigs. There are many supplements that are supposed to help lower trigs, along with niacin. There is a prescription drug call Niaspan, that is slow released niacin. Your liver enzymes need to be checked if you take it, or if you take a high dosage of otc niacin.

Remember to stop consuming trans fats and decrease your carbohydrate intake.

I would try another statin if I were you. One of the many others, may not cause adverse effects in you. I wouldn't take statins with fenofibrates though.

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