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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.
[QUOTE=ladybud;5257455]Alcohol can definitely raise triglycerides, and the combo of alcohol intake plus being off the Crestor probably accounts for this. The other thing worth checking is your
HbA1C, an indicator of whether your blood sugars are running high. Diabetes can raise triglycerides a lot, and should be ruled out when triglycerides are this high. IMO, your alcohol consumption is more than moderate. Recommendations are no more than 7 drinks a week, and you are nearing that in one day, which means you have built a tolerance to alcohol, a red flag. Sorry for being so blunt, but I have to call it as I see it if you want help. Regardless, I think it is obvious you need to go back on the Crestor and keep your diet clean as far as animal fats (cholesterol) and sweets (triglycerides). I'll bet your next numbers will come back much better![/QUOTE]

Thanks for the replies. When I said on weekends I may have 5 or 6 drinks on a Fri or Sat night, I meant on occasion. That's not typical except during the holidays when there's a party pretty much every weekend. But the advice is well taken. I'm already back on Crestor (10 mg) and I'm watching my alcohol intake. I'm also on prescription fish oil.

On the diabetes issue, my sugar levels were good. All of my readings were fine except total cholesteral and trig.

I'm off Crestor for about 7-8 weeks now and I've been taking RYR for three weeks (1,200 mg Nature's Plus) and I'm taking the prescription fish oil (Vascepa), 1 SloNiacin daily, and CoQ10. Here are my results:

Total Cholesteral 181
Trig 183
HDL 41
LDL (calc) 103

These numbers aren't horrible, but not ideal either, and I'm guessing I should probably lose the SloNiacin and get back on the regular flush niacin at 1,200-1,500 mg per day. I was taking that amount without a problem, but I ran out about 3 weeks ago and used the SloNiacin instead.

I got off of the Crestor (which was very effective) because of concerns about muscle aches. I can't really say that Crestor caused any serious muscle aches, but I'd just rather not take it unless I have to. Any thoughts?

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