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Mandie, I don't know why your doctor does not want you to take niacin with any statin. There is, if fact, a cholesterol drug which combines niacin (Niaspan) and a statin (Lovastatin) all in one pill. I believe it is called Advicor.

Evidently, not all doctors arrive at the same conclusion when it comes to evaluating their patients' blood-lipid profile. Many years ago it was common to gauge a patient's risk by measuring total cholesterol. In more recent years, however, other factors, such as triglyceride/HDL and TC/HDL ratios became more widely accepted. Still, it is common for physicians to prescribe medications based on a total cholesterol reading, without even considering whether or not the patient's ratios are favorable or not. To me, this scenario is both confusing as well as disturbing, and I don't have an answer for it.

You have expressed concern about your elevated LDL. Although it may be elevated, it is not alarmingly high, and may not even be much to worry about. Chances are, your LDL was not even measured, but only calculated (total cholesterol-HDL-trigs/5=LDL). If it were actually measured, then it would be possible to determine your actual risk, since LDL consists of two fractions. Arkie6 posted some very interesting information regarding LDL cholesterol a few months ago. It appears that it consists of two different types, Pattern A (benign), and Pattern B (harmful). Pattern A is more closely associated high HDL and low triglycerides, and is more of a light, fluffy consistency. Pattern B is small and dense, and is considered to be the real villain, as it tends to deposit plaque in the arteries. Also, please bear in mind that LDL cholesterol is essential for transporting beta-carotene throughout our bodies. LDL cholesterol becomes destructive only when it becomes oxidized, so that is why I am a firm believer in antioxidant supplementation. If you consume an ample quantity of antioxidants, then you are providing yourself with additional protection from free-radical damage.

Since your cholesterol and triglycerides tend to skyrocket once you are off the medication, then I would say that you may be a good candidate for a low-carb diet, such as the Atkins diet. This diet tends to improve blood-lipids by lowering cholesterol, increasing HDL, and substantially reducing triglycerides. In the meantime, it would be advantageous to you if you had your LDL broken down in order to determine your pattern type. You may not be as bad off as you think.
Hello LM51. Your triglyceride level of 1.94mmol/l is the equivalent of 172mg/dl. As per your request, these are the ranges from the U.S. National Institute of Health:

Total Cholesterol <200 desirable
200-239 borderline high
>240 high

HDL <40 low
40-59 near optimal
>60 optimal

LDL <100 optimal
100-129 near optimal
130-159 borderline high
160-189 high
>189 very high

Triglycerides <150 optimal
150-199 borderline high
200-499 high
>500 very high

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