Triglycerides over 300
Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:30 PM
f your blood sugars have been high lately, this can cause your triglycerides to be high as well. Alcohol and smoking can also contribute to higher levels, as can thyroid disorders.
My dad, not a diabetic, has pretty high triglycerides (he has a thyroid problem, too), and when he quit smoking, these #s improved quite a bit. Working in doctors' offices over the years, I have seen #s quite a bit higher than yours are. 150 or less is considered "normal" range now, though at one point, 200 or less was considered normal.
What does your doctor suggest you do to get them to a more "normal" range?
T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:54 PM
Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:25 PM
I really don't know exactly how dangerous high triglyceride levels are. I do know that they can be extremely high without causing any symptoms. A few month ago my triglycerides were 5,400 which was a complete shock to me. I was prescribed a combination of Gemfibrozil and Lipitor and my last test, a few weeks ago, came back at just over 300.
What's going on with this? How dangerous is it having my Tri's this high?
Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:00 PM
I'm focused on improving my lipid panel too. My trig was 224 last July, getting a new test next week to see where I'm at now. I should be much lower now from all the exercise and cutting back on alcohol. We shall see.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:07 PM
Not very, IMO. High triglycerides are associated with heart disease, but have never been shown to be an independent risk factor. Keeping triglycerides below 150 is considered desirable, but drug treatment is not warranted until they go over 500.
... How dangerous is it having my Tri's this high?
High triglycerides are often accompanied by low HDL, which could be more problematic. Exercise, losing weight, restricting carbs and limiting aclcohol (in other words, healthy living ) can often turn this around. Also be aware that the triglyceride number tends to bounce around quite a lot. You really need to test it again before coming to any conclusions.
Normal triglyceride levels are less than 150 mg/dL. Borderline high levels are 150-199 mg/dl. High levels are 200 - 499 mg/dL, and very high triglyceride levels are greater than 500 mg/dL. For people with borderline or high triglyceride levels, treatment should emphasize weight reduction and exercise. Drugs are recommended for people with very high triglyceride levels.
Cholesterol and triglycerides - who needs to be treated?
In my humble opinion :wink:
Type1 since 1977
now using a pump
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