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Re: New Med
Mar 13, 2006
[QUOTE=Lenin]talp,

Fibrates are NOT statins so you need not fear the same probems you had with Lipitor. But they DO act in the liver so watchful care is necessary...including a liver function test after the first month.

Fibrates work best to combat Metabolic Sydrome (Syndrome X) which is characterized by very high triglycerides and low HDL (and blood sugar anomalies, belly fat accumulation and hypertension...all leading to heart disease.)

You don't want to take fibrate WITH statins unless there is a VERY pressing reason becasue risks of serious side effects are enhanced.[/QUOTE]


I caught a snippet of one of the morning shows this morning that was talking about this sydrome and some big cardiology study that came out recently. If I heard right the doctor on the show said basically that statins have been shown not to affect mortality rates in this group. Even though cholesterol rates were lowered to the acceptable level for this group they had no effect on mortality.

I don't know if the doctor was distinguishing between fibrates and statins, but I would be curious how many doctors prescribe statins for this condition thinking that any lowering of cholesterol is beneficial.

Jane





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