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At this point I would not even consider taking medication. I'm guessing that your test was done using the Friedewald formula for the calculation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. While it is common knowledge that errors occure when the TG levels are > 400 the caculation is also prone to error with low TG levels. Your LDL levels may actually be closer to the 120-130 range. Typically, low TG < 60 cause the caculated LDL values to be high. Your doctor should have a direct measurement cholesterol test done before even talking to you about statins considering your TG levels. Even if your present levels are correct I would pass on the drugs considering your overall profile.
[QUOTE=Arizona77;32***60] But my Doctor advised me that Niacin will boost my HDL and lower my Trig but will have a very minimal impact on my LDL. [/QUOTE]


I think directionally this is true... however, it was not true for me. My LDL dropped 50%... but then again, I'm taking 3000 mg niacin a day.

Niacin is interesting the way it affects cholesterol numbers differently for each person... and the same regarding the side effects.
Arizona77, normal HDL for me is around 60 and it went up more to near 70 with extra fish oil, olive oil in food, plant stanols and a little booze plus lots and lots of excercise. ...Okay, the excercise didn't raise it but it makes me feel better. FYI, I'm also a pescatarian.

I've taken ryr for about 3 years with good results. I've also followed Linus Pauling's recommendations for vitamin c and e and certain supplements for over 20 years. I'm still kicking and healthy with very low blood pressure. I also can run faster - 22 min 5km runs 4x a week- and lift more than people half my age. Some maybe genetics but the rest is diet and common sense. Get your HDL up by niacin, fish oil whatever and follow DASH or Mediterrenean diet and you'll do well.

Most recent work published in the last month plus earlier studies have shown strong evidence that high HDL, not low LDL, is most important to prevent cardiac issues. The HDL is thought to flush lipids from the blood stream and prevent artherotic changes in blood vessels.
[QUOTE=mmvic;3242547]Arizona77, normal HDL for me is around 60 and it went up more to near 70 with extra fish oil, olive oil in food, plant stanols and a little booze plus lots and lots of excercise. ...Okay, the excercise didn't raise it but it makes me feel better. FYI, I'm also a pescatarian.

I've taken ryr for about 3 years with good results. I've also followed Linus Pauling's recommendations for vitamin c and e and certain supplements for over 20 years. I'm still kicking and healthy with very low blood pressure. I also can run faster - 22 min 5km runs 4x a week- and lift more than people half my age. Some maybe genetics but the rest is diet and common sense. Get your HDL up by niacin, fish oil whatever and follow DASH or Mediterrenean diet and you'll do well.

Most recent work published in the last month plus earlier studies have shown strong evidence that high HDL, not low LDL, is most important to prevent cardiac issues. The HDL is thought to flush lipids from the blood stream and prevent artherotic changes in blood vessels.[/QUOTE]


mmvic,

Thanks for your response. I am happy that Red yeast Rice has worked well for you as too! I have been on it for three years and it has kept me off of taking any prescription statins. I am currently on 1,000mg immediate release Niacin at bed time to help boost my HDL. Right now my HDL is at 42. My LDL is at 75 and Trig are at 83. I also take fish oil daily. If I may ask how many mg of Vitamin C do you take a day? I know that Pauling followers take very high dosages of Vitamin C. I currently take 1,000mg a day. Would you recomend me upping my Vitamin C? If so how much? I have heard really good things about Pauling's studies. Also I do cardio 30mins 4X week and eat right. Even though doing cardio 30mins 4x week and lifting weights has not raised my HDL...I love working out as well and I am really into fitness too!





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