Learning to Lower Triglycerides Not At The Expenses of LDL

Learn to Lower triglycerides not at the expenses of LDL

Cholesterols are lipoproteins. Lipoprotein is a biochemical compounds composed of lipid and protein. Lipoproteins in our blood stream are:

  • VLDL: Very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  •     LDL: Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  •     HDL: High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (good cholesterol)

tri-ldlOur body needs cholesterol for hormone and cell production. Unfortunately, too much VLDL and LDL causes cardiovascular disease. Lowering these targets becomes the primary strategy. The normal range of LDL is from 50 to 129 mg/dL.

TG (Triglycerides) are long chain fatty acid used for energy and formation of well composed skin. They are carried and transported in our body by LDL. The elevation of TG is often associated with increase of LDL. TG by itself is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

It is treated only If LDL levels are brought under control first. The normal range for TG is 30-149 mg/dL.

TG lowering agents

Omega-3 fatty acids are often recommended by the media marketing efforts. Rushing to buy these products to treat TG without your healthcare consultation could be harmful to your health. Omega-3 fatty acids has been reported to increase LDL levels up to 20% has been reported. Omega-3 fatty acids are made of EPA and DHA components. FDA in the recent years approved Vascepa 1000 mg EPA for physicians to prescribe. Vascepa does not increase LDL but it decrease HDL. It is only recommend for those patients with a stable HDL level. Another prescription TG lowering medication is Lovaza, EPA 465 mg and DHA 375 mg, decreases a greater TG amount than Vascepa and increases HDL but comes with a liability, increase LDL. The decision to use would be If both LDL and HDL are in the lower normal limits, Lovaza is the candidate because it increases both LDL and HDL; if LDL and HDL are in the higher normal limits, choose Vascepa because it does not increase LDL and push it beyond the normal range.

Remember diet and exercise will yield the same effect as these drugs and associate with no side-effects.If you choose to buy from a pharmacy from the OTC counter. Only buy quality fish oil with high EPA content and take according and let your doctor know that you are taking fish oil.

Brought to You By:
Charles H. Liu
DDP Medical Writer on Staff

Charles H. Liu, R. Ph, MBA

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