Usually it's really hard to lower your lipids a lot with diet alone. I spent four years on an extremely low-fat, high fiber diet (fat less than 20 grams per day) and only lowered mine by about
10%. One OTC you can take that may help is Niacin. Be sure to follow the directions, and talk to your doctor about
it. Try the slow-release variety, because many people will have severe, distressing "flushes" with the regular niacin. I used to get these, and in addition to my face turning bright red, I'd feel like I had a bad sunburn all over and extremely hot. Very unpleasant.
If you do take niacin, ask your doc to check liver function periodically. I was able to get my lipids down to normal with it, but only with a dose that finally started affecting my liver function badly. Now I take Lipitor and limit my fat intake.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
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