My husband recently got back test results with high "lipids". He has been taking fish oils. Can this raise the overall lipids? Also, he ate ice cream the day before the test...can this affect the result so much?
If he took a fasting cholesterol tests and fasted a minimum of 12 hours before his test then the ice cream would have no effect. The fish oil will also not raise cholesterol levels, it usually is used to lower tri's.
Mayo Clinic: Evidence from several studies has suggested that amounts of DHA and EPA in the form of fish or fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques ("hardening of the arteries"), lowers blood pressure slightly, as well as reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known heart disease. However, high doses may have harmful effects, such as an increased risk of bleeding.
even cardiologists that are interested in prevention are recommending fish oil to lower triglycerides (and niacin to raise HDL).
But if there's a lot of ice cream etc all the time, that's your culprit.
This does though, relate to a question I've had but never seen answered: if a person is on weight-loss reduced calorie diet, then what's to prevent the fish oil (or other nutrients like glucosamine, e.g.) from being burned as fuel?
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