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Old 01-09-2010, 02:44 PM
Location: Western Cary, NC
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I am one of those people who canít take the new cholesterol drugs. I do take one which is suppose to lower triglycerides, and donít know if it is working or not. This week I read an article which said if you add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your morning coffee it will drop all the blood lipids as well as your blood pressure. Have any of you tried this, and if so did it work?
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:59 PM
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Best results are diet change. I know it does not help all but that seems to be the big win for the natural approach. You can also try a B-3 vitamin + fiber. Talk to your doctor though. B vitamins can sometimes mess with certain heart meds or health issues.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:33 PM
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Excercise really helps with triglycerides too. I would also talk with doctor because many things can interfere with various meds that impact this whole lipid metabolism.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:10 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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My DH's and my doctor put us on Niacin and Fish Oil. I also switched our diet over to a Mediterranean diet. I bought a couple of mediterranean cookbooks and when I make up a dinner I follow along the guidelines of a high veggie, chiken or fish theme.

My Dh's triglycerides dropped from about 400 to 125 in about 30 days.
Mine dropped from almost 300 to about 130 in the same time frame

I'm sure it was a combination of all of the above. Although I bet with the complete diet change he could probably stop adding the fish oil and still be ok and probably drop his Niacin back to 500mg.

I'm on 500mg Niacin (slo released) every night and my DH takes 1000mg every night. He also takes 1000mg of fish oil a day.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:23 AM
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Ok - this is where you NEED to talk with a doctor.

My husband has the go ahead for time release niacin as well - but the doctor did not suggest -- it is just some studies that support this and my husband asked about it -- doctor said it was fine for him but to watch more carefully for muscle cramps.

But I am not doimg it blindly because a bp med I take is a calcium channel blocker and also interferes with statins somehow. [niacin is not a statin it is a vitamin] - anyway I cannot take simvastatin or red yeast rice [natural OTC statin] but can take pravastatin.

Before you do anyhting like that I would definitely discuss with someone for possible interactions. Also the timed release niacin has a protocol. He got off schedule with it and had a hideous niacin flush one day and itched for hours.

We are both taking fish oil and not all fish oils are "all that" - I would be looking for the ones with assayed DHA and EPA and tested for heavy metals.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:25 PM
Location: Florida
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I have what they are calling High Cholesterol like sometimes 139.
It has been that way for the last 15 years.
It seems to be normal for me.
I will not take those poisonous meds that ultimately ruin your liver.

Your body is making this Cholesterol for a reason.
My brother had good luck with a high fibre drink.
You need to keep your plumbing free and open.(not constipated)
If you don't, your intestines will reabsorb all the cholesterol that it made.
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