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Author Topic: Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels  (Read 3914 times)

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Offline Ihavehope

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Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:13:21 PM »
Fish Oil Lowers Lipids in HIV

March 27, 2007

(Reuters Health) - Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish oil can lower triglyceride levels in HIV-infected patients taking antiretroviral drugs, according to a report in the March 1st Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
Fish oils have been shown to reduce fasting and postprandial triglyceride levels in patients without HIV infection, the authors explain, but few data are available on their effects in HIV-infected patients.

Dr. Pierre De Truchis from Hopital Raymond Poincare, Garches, France and colleagues investigated the efficacy of Maxepa (a fish oil preparation rich in omega-3 fatty acids) in 122 HIV-infected patients with sustained hypertriglyceridemia after diet therapy alone.

http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/1667_11601.shtml
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Offline Cerrid

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Re: Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2007, 04:55:19 PM »
Fish is great!

When I started my first combo (Kaletra/Kivexa) a few months ago, my triglyceride levels skyrocketed. I wasn't terribly keen on getting a pancreatitis, so I started to supplement with fish oil and real fish like tuna, mackerel, herring, salmon. I have been taking fish oil gel capsules (2 x 1000 mg) and 1 capsule of artichoke extracts once a day for 3 months now, right after lunch. I also incorporated more fish into my diet, about 3-4 times per week now. During this time, my trig levels went down from a disturbing 550 mg/dl to a mere 25 mg/dl.

However, I can't attribute the drop exclusively to fish and fish oil as I also cut down on sugar and sweets which are the common source for high trig levels.
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Re: Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 03:51:44 PM »
There is now a prescription available for the essential omega 3-acids called Omacor.  It can be an effective alternative to the other drugs used to treat high triglycerides.  I had been on maximum strength Tricor for years with minimal effect and recently requested the doc try this drug.  I was concerned about possible liver damage from the Tricor, especially since it wasn't working very well for me.  I haven't yet been tested to determine if the Omacor is lowering my lipids, but will update as soon as I find out.

Here's a link if your perusal.  http://www.omacorrx.com/
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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 01:30:08 PM »
There is now a prescription available for the essential omega 3-acids called Omacor.  It can be an effective alternative to the other drugs used to treat high triglycerides.  I had been on maximum strength Tricor for years with minimal effect and recently requested the doc try this drug.  I was concerned about possible liver damage from the Tricor, especially since it wasn't working very well for me.  I haven't yet been tested to determine if the Omacor is lowering my lipids, but will update as soon as I find out.

Here's a link if your perusal.  http://www.omacorrx.com/

Thnx for the link. Please do let us know about your lab results on this supplement. It would be helpful for us.

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Offline aztecan

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Re: Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 06:28:13 PM »
I take 4,000 mgs of fish oil daily. It has kept my triglycerides at good levels even though they have historically been high.

I get mine over the counter.

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