I am going to be brief, as I am still wrapping my brain around all the information here and elsewhere, so prolly won't post any results till I get to the next stage of my lifestyle changes and test results. Did notice that I seem to be somewhat unique, in that my overall counts are in control, but just kick the TG's butt. Most of you all seems to lean toward bad overall LDL... so maybe y'all can provide some insight.
I'm a 53 yo male from the mid-west, corn fed all my life (yeah we eat a lot of red meat and processed crap), never had any real health issues until my 40's when I developed hypertension. So the doc prescribes BP meds, and a lipid panel to see where I am at. Image my surprise when they tell me my total cholesterol are ok, but my triglycerides were 1400+!!!
So for the last 10 years been riding the statin/fenofibrate roller coaster (done em all.... most don't really budge my TG's, but the CAD risk is prolly worth taking em), along with some heaping helpings of NiacinER (2000 mg/day), Lovaza (4GB/day generic version). Had a high point a couple years ago when I hit ~300 TG, but that seems like the very distant past. recent in house TG test was +650 which is the highest it goes sooooo......
You guessed right.... another round of testing PLUS gene typing, and you know how it turned out if you get my userid
Also just got results from CORUS CAD (blood test - 25 out of 40, its a probability scale of artery blockage), which is 2 point higher than last test 2yr ago (had stress test, no blockage). Seeing the cardio doc next week to see if this merits another stress test (and I am sure he will...).
Anywho.... sticking to the med regime for now until I see my cardio next week, based on my research the statins may be a moot point (thank you all for your brilliant breakdown of this stuff). If/when I get a chance will do some before/after numbers, busy as heck with work (IT for 35 years).
BTW I don't have any cognitive dysfunction, hoping that particular aspect skips me by, my parents didn't have it, but why take chances??
Here is my current regime and strategy to start... taking baby steps since some things will make a larger impact:
Statin: Crestor 40mg/day
Feno: Gemfibrozil 600mg/2x day
Lovaza (gen.): 4gm/day
Folic acid: 1mg/day
Aged Garlic: 1600mg/day
Quit smoking (Ugh!)
Quit drinking (Double Ugh!..... and like not all together!)
Exercise (time permitting, I walk a lot with work, split wood, getting to be lawn mowing season!)
Green leafy organic salads, smothered in EVOO and balsimic
Lots o' organic veg
Fish... just had fresh caught lemon pepper salmon grilled on cedar plank w/onions and capers (organic), fresh cod in the fridge for tomorrow
No suger (refined or otherwise.... goodbye ceak!)
No carbs (bread, chips, yada, yada, yada)
drinking water, teas (green and not), looking for suggestion on naturally sweet beverages to break things up
Glad you are all here.... look forward to comments, snark, and generally J&D where needed!