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Zocor
Jul 6, 2002
My doc has me on Zocor after Tricor and Niacin made me feel weak in my muscles. Initially, my trigs were at 1800 and through diet alone, I have managed to drop the trigs to 400. Still high but much better. My TC is only 140 so I'm ok there. Apparently, high trigs are herediteray and I was lucky to get it. I'm starting to experience the same symptoms with Zocor as I have with the other meds. I'm so tired of feeling weak and tired but I am concerend with my high trigs. Anyone out there have any suggestions? I go for blodd work on 7-8 so we'll see if it improves. Help!
Re: Zocor
Jul 7, 2002
[quote]Originally posted by bhale1970:
[b]My doc has me on Zocor after Tricor and Niacin made me feel weak in my muscles. Initially, my trigs were at 1800 and through diet alone, I have managed to drop the trigs to 400. Still high but much better. My TC is only 140 so I'm ok there. Apparently, high trigs are herediteray and I was lucky to get it. I'm starting to experience the same symptoms with Zocor as I have with the other meds. I'm so tired of feeling weak and tired but I am concerend with my high trigs. Anyone out there have any suggestions? I go for blodd work on 7-8 so we'll see if it improves. Help![/b][/quote]

Your experience with the statin drugs (Zocor, Tricor, etc.) is quite common based on the postings on this board. I wouldn't assume that your high triglycerides are hereditary as this is extremely rare. The majority of the triglycerides in your bloodstream are the fats formed in your liver from excess carbohydrates that you have consumed. Your best bet for getting those triglycerides down is a low carbohdyrate diet that restricts the consumption of sugars, refined carbohydrates like commercial breads, pasta, crackers, cakes, cookies, cereal, white rice, and potatoes for instance. Fruit juices should be avoided also and most fruit should be limited. Read through some of the older posts here in the High Cholesterol forum for more info. Set the view options to "See All Topics" in the pull-down menu near the top of the page.

Your total cholesterol level is actually abnormally low at 140 (normal levels are 160-240 mg/dl). And with a high triglyceride level of 400, this means that approximately 80 points of your total cholesterol is due to the triglycerides alone. This means that your HDL and LDL only constitue approximately 60 points. This would also tend to indicate that your HDL levels (the "good" cholesterol) likely are low (< 40 mg/dl). Low HDL levels combined with high triglycerides place you at a much higher risk of heart disease than average. Your low total cholesterol and high triglycerides indicates to me that you may be following a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet and avoiding things like red meat and eggs. Contrary to what you hear in the media and from most health authorities, this type of diet will only make your condition worse.

For more info, do a search for "cholesterol myth" (no quotes) on any good search engine such as google.com.

Alan





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