What could cause my triglycerides to be 1,000? I am a healthy male in my 30s. I eat well, exercise, and I am not overweight. I do not drink or smoke. My cholesterol is also high, but my blood pressure is great and I do not have diabetes.
Ouch, that is rather high! Do you eat lots of foods (starch types, potatoes, rice) that your body turns to sugar? What has your physician recommended? I work with a gentleman who had high triglycerides, however he was overweight (just had the gastric bypass, down 100 lbs) diabetes, but that's lessening with the weight loss, but he also did not exercise, and also had high BP. All of which you don't have. I know when I went to a low fat, no salt, I added too many starchy foods, and they made my trig's go higher. I don't know what else to tell you...
I do eat too many starches, but they are mainly whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, and brown rice. I definitely could eat more veggies, but I don't think that can totally explain my triglycerides. Doctors just give me prescriptions for cholesterol medicine. I hate the way the medicine makes me feel, so I eventually stop taking it. Then I go back to the doctor and start the process over. They have never tested me for anything else. I just feel like there has to be some underling reason that my triglycerides are so high.
600 is also high but manageable. This could be as simple as your diet, cut out the empty carbs like breads, pastas and sugars as well as anything that metabolizes as sugar. Also, if you drink, stop as alcohol metabolizes as sugar.
You can also try a fenofibrate to help lower your tgl's, they are safe and very effective.
thank you. yes, for the past month i've been working extremely hard to adjust my diet. i do believe i'll need to see a nutrtionist to really make changes for the better, though. i'm at a loss as to what i can and can't eat. i have an appt with my doctor in 2 weeks so hopefully then we can get a game plan.
thanks again for your response. you have no idea how much i've been thinking about this for the past few days with no where to go for any real answers. luckily this site and a couple nurses i've talked to have made things seem not so bad. my dad died young of a heart attack out of the blue, you see....and my greatest fear has always been that i will be a repeat of that. finding this info out has made that fear grow to huge proportions.
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