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re: triglycerides and cholesterol
Jun 6, 2007

my triglycerides are 600 and cholesterol 268 i dont eat fast foods and mostly vegetables some cheeses but don't over do it, i eat oatmeal as well, why do my levels go so high and how do i lower them, besides with medications?

Response from Dr. Young

There are many causes to elevations in lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides). First off, your genes are a large determinate. Unfortunately, you can't choose your parents and this isn't a modifiable risk. After that, your diet, exercise and the other things (medications and supplements) that you ingest influence your lipid levels.

Beyond diet and exercise, medications (I include prescription and non-prescription in this) can lower your lipids. Understand that the main reason that lipids are important have to do with your risk of heart and vascular disease. Lipids are just one of several important modifiable cardiovascular disease risks. Others include family history, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. Getting these factors under control are every bit as important as getting your lipids in the normal range.

Hope this helps. BY



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