HDL and triglycerides

By DeanKinder Latest Reply 2011-07-04 20:08:09 -0500
Started 2011-06-01 10:46:31 -0500

Just got back my blood tests…here are the results…
Cholesterol Total - 138
HDL Cholesterol - 27
Triglycerides - 236 (high)
LDL Cholesterol - 64

I'm taking Zocor but after 5 years and a change in diet…I'm still high…my doctor wants to try something new but I'm not sure that Medicare is going to cover it…they didn't last time. I've changed my diet as much as I can afford to do…I also have an insufficiency of Vitamin D and white blood cell count is a bit high..any suggestions on what else I might possibly do? Thanks…

9 replies

lebarron1 2011-06-30 18:12:53 -0500 Report

My closterol is high too,my doctor wants me to take Loppressor at night.

HeartHawk 2011-06-30 23:56:08 -0500 Report


Hmm, Lopressor (metoprolol) is a high blood pressure drug. Are you certain it was prescibed for high cholesterol? Check with your doc.


lebarron1 2011-07-01 19:19:32 -0500 Report

It is called pravacol,i am on at night,i just started it too.

HeartHawk 2011-07-02 23:54:27 -0500 Report


Yes, I am familiar with pravachol (pravastatin). It is one of the better of the older statins in my opinion (I took it for a while). It is one the few with solid trial data behind it. It is an older statin though and somewhat weaker than the newer ones so the dose is usually higher.

Did your doc say why he/she prescribed pravachol?


HeartHawk 2011-06-04 23:45:49 -0500 Report


Zocor is not designed to reduce Triglycerides or raise HDL but it is doing a fine job for what it is supposed to do, lower your LDL.

The newer statins such as Crestor will raise HDL slightly but niacin does a much metter job and is the first lime treatment for raising HDL which should be above 40 - 60 would be even better! Niacian will also lower yoru Triglycerides as wil fish oil. Slow release niacin and fish oil are available as a supplment and in a prescription form.

Finally, look to raise your 25-OH vitamin D3 blood level to around 40-60 ng/mL. Vitamin D supplments are really inexpensive but look for an oil based preparation.

Let us know how you are doing from time to time or if you have any other questions.


DeanKinder 2011-06-05 07:43:06 -0500 Report

My doctor has placed me on Crestor and now it's a matter of seeing if this does help, but it's glad to hear that we are on the right track…the only real problem with an oil base it the type of oil…I have an allergy to fish, which does not help a whole lot…I just took my first Vitamin D pill this morning and I'm kind of sick to my stomach right now..so now it's just a matter of riding out the storm…

LabRat90 2011-06-03 17:21:00 -0500 Report

Sometimes, just increasing your exercise will decrease your triglyerides. The once a week Vitamin D 50,000 units that my doctor precribed for me is very inexpensive (less that $2). Also spend more time outdoors for the Vit D deficiency although that didn't help with me.

DeanKinder 2011-06-03 21:09:40 -0500 Report

Thanks…I can do both the outdoors and increase in exercise now that the weather is warmer…and that's fantastic news about the vitamin…the prescription type cost me $9…the doctor told me that the over-the-counter version would be a lot cheaper, but wanted me to have the dosage on the label..sometimes I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached…lol…

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