6 weeks ago my blood test showed my cholesterol level at 330. My doctor put me on crestor. This week I retook the blood test (this time after fasting for 12 hours) and my cholesterol was down to 236, but my tryglicerides showed 853. It is supposed to be less than 200. So he prescribed tricor (which I am picking up today).
I am 5'10", 160, male, 36 (sounds like I am trying to get a date). I quit smoking and drinking 6 weeks ago (after 23 years). I have always watched my diet. This runs in the family so I know it is genetic.
I have added dark chocolate and extra soda in my diet recently (really craving sugar since I quit drinking and smoking), can that raise my tryglicerides?
My blood pressure is normal, but should I be doing something to prevent clotting?
How dangerous is that high of a trygliceride reading?
Being inactive, obese or both can increase your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
A high level of total cholesterol in the blood (240 mg/dL or higher) is a major risk factor for heart disease, which raises your risk of stroke.
A low dose aspirin (75 mg) each day, reduces the risk of having a heart attack by about a third, and the risk of having a stroke by about a quarter. Talk with your doctor if you can take Aspirin.
When it comes to triglycerides, foods have a direct impact on their blood levels and what leads to increase in blood triglycerides are mainly diets high in carbohydrates, especially sugar (soda contains sugar)
There have been studies that showed that dark chocolate has beneficial effect on clotting the blood.
Can you have another blood test for your triglycerides?
I was thinking about doing another test for triglycerides to make sure if the first one wasn't technically mistaken. It seems that you have gotten too high values for triglycerides.
Many people with very high triglycerides (â¥500 mg/dL) have underlying diseases or genetic disorders.
Although, you know that hypertriglyceridemia runs in your family, you can talk with your doctor about other conditions that can be linked with this.
You are right about quiting sugar. I'm sure it won't be a big deal for you, since you quit smoking and drinking.