So you lowered your LDL cholesterol! What about your HDL and Triglycerides?

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-08-02 21:56:37 -0500
Started 2011-07-02 22:54:13 -0500

A new study has reported, "targeting triglyceride-rich lipoproteins and low HDL cholesterol can provide a further reduction in cardiovascular risk for patients with metabolic abnormalities who are already at LDL-cholesterol goal."

It usggests that anyone with HDL below 40mg/dL or Triglycerides above 150 mg/dL should consider additional treatment if if they have lowered their LDL cholestrol to dsafe limits. You can read about it here:

Let's talk about the "Big Three." Post your LDL and HDL cholesterol test values along with your Trigyclerides here. It would be interesting to see where we all are and what we shoudl do next.

I'll start, here are mine:

LDL: 95mg/dL
HDL: 75 mg/dL
TG: 30 mg/dL

Like to know what I did to achieve these numbers? They were a lot worse when I started!


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DTJ1 2011-08-01 21:27:38 -0500 Report

Total: 113
LDL: 51
HDL: 47
TG: 75

Pretty much vegan diet (modified Ornish to include 1-2 serving of fish per week but otherwise no animal fats, or oils), 80 MG Lipitor and Omega 3 fish oil everyday. Still trying to get my HDL a bit up with some exercise - will explore other options with my cardiologist in 2 weeks or so.

Started 2.5 months ago at:
~230 Total
~130 ish LDL
~ 35 ish HDL
~ and 150 ish TG
If I remember correctly

HeartHawk 2011-08-02 21:56:37 -0500 Report


Great numbers! Good work! I would bet you are an ApoE4 genotype if low-fat is working for you. I am ApoE2 so I have to stay away from carbs.

Yes, get that HDL up a bit. Niacin supplementation works well for this and may allow you to drop your Lipitor dose a bit. However, do not do this without consulting your doctor. Vitamin D is also another good supplement for HDL raising. Exercise and alcohol work too but the rise is more modest. You might also inquire about the newer statins like Crestor and Livalo which not only lower LDL (at a much lower dose) but also raise HDL!