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What is your diet like? Your numbers are a bit scary - I think you need to be on the statin if you can possibly tolerate it...

You should cut back significantly on carbs (especially sweets, sugar), and alcohol (if you drink) - because a TG level of 2500 has to be reduced dramatically.

I believe a TG count over 750 poses a risk of pancreatitis - so do some reading on the web, and cut out saturated fats in your diet (I would eliminate butter AND margarine), eliminate any trans-fats (anything with the word 'hydrogenated' in the ingredients), severely restrict dairy, and increase the amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet. Lose weight if you are overweight, and do aerobic exercise every other day at the least.

Has your doctor said anything about Lopid or Tricor (fibrates) instead of a statin? (Instead of a statin - do not try to use them both - the risk of muscle problems increases 25x when used in combination.) The fibrates are better than the statins at lowering triglycerides.

I would also try Omega-3 Fish Oils - they help lower triglycerides - but in your case you need more than just this.

Best of luck,


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