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I'm 51 and have been on Crestor (10mg) for a few years. My Dr. prescribed it with what I considered borderline cholesteral/lipid numbers. My overall cholesteral was near 200 but lipids were a little out of whack so he prescribed Crestor and told me to take Niacin every day. My prescription ran out around Christmas 2013 so I hadn't taken the Crestor for about two weeks prior to Monday's test. I got the numbers back yesterday and they were:

Total Cholesteral 242
HDL 33
Triglycerides 575
LDL Wouldn't register because trig too high.

Until yesterday, my numbers were pretty good. In January 2013 (while on Crestor) total cholesteral was 140 and triglycerides were 114. HDL and LDL were fine. In August 2013 triglycerides rose to 202--not horrible, but not great.

Obviously, my concern is the trig number. My lifestyle hasn't changed over the last year. I try to eat healthy and I exercise (jogging, spinning, or eliptical) or play tennis or golf (walking when weather permits) 5-6 days a week.

I consider myself a moderate drinker, but on weekends I may have 5 or 6 drinks on Friday or Sat night. The evening before my tests we hosted a small dinner party, and I probably had 5 glasses of red wine. I fasted for about 11.5 hours before my blood was taken. Of course, coming right after the holidays I would have had more alcohol than normal.

Does anyone think the recent alcohol consumption could cause the sudden increase in trig? I don't recall ever drinking that much before a blood test. Any other causes? For what it's worth, until I was 46 or so, all of my cholesteral/lipid numbers were near perfect.

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