Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Controlling High Triglycerides

Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 11:06 AM


Question: My husband’s cholesterol is good but his triglycerides are very high. They put him on statins but within a few days he ached all over. Can you please help?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Triglycerides are molecules that have three fatty acids attached to them. They are found in the blood stream. It is the main fatty substance of vegetable oils and animal fats. They are a major source of energy for the body.

High triglycerides have been linked to heart disease and atherosclerosis. High levels also are linked to pancreatitis. Triglycerides should be below 150 mg/dl.

High triglyceride levels do not result from a lack of a statin drug. Therefore, statin drugs should not be used to treat the problem.

Niacin deficiency has been shown to correlate with high triglyceride levels. I have used niacin successfully for years to help control triglyceride levels. The doses of niacin can range from 500 mg to 2,000 mg a day. It is best to avoid timed-released or “no-flush” niacin products because they have been associated with liver problems.

Eliminating refined sugar and refined carbohydrates from the diet is very helpful to lower triglyceride levels.





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