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    The Cholesterol Thread: HDL v. LDL v. Lipitor - CAGEMATCH

    So what say you innerweb doctah's:

    Cholesterol what do you know?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    I just got the annual physical and got the chol reading of 274. Evidently this is a really bad number: 200 hdl 74 ldl….
    I'm queued up for the butt scan too.

    HmMMF See, that’s fuckt your "good" cholesterol is WAY high for what they say you should have and your "bad" cholesterol is "low" WTF should it matter about the combined? IIRC I have a similar setup but with somewhat higher "bad" but still under the "limit" and the combined is what gets me, I just checked at the AHA and per their little quiz ONLY 25% of cholesterol comes from food so per that there's no way for you to go below 200 even without eating :/

    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/...l/atp3xsum.pdf

    And this little gem:
    Any person with elevated LDL cholesterol or other form of hyperlipidemia should
    undergo clinical or laboratory assessment to rule out secondary dyslipidemia before
    initiation of lipid-lowering therapy. Causes of secondary dyslipidemia include:
    • Diabetes
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Obstructive liver disease
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Drugs that increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol
    (progestins, anabolic steroids, and corticosteroids).
    (emphasis mine)

    And check out page 25 and 26 (of the report), something odd is that as you get older you get fewer positive points for having higher cholesterol (counterintuitive).

    I'm totally gonna have to look up my old blood tests cause my doctor is always giving me shit about this as well, I'm starting to smell a great BIG FAT lipitor RAT!

    Have fun with the butt scan, that's shitty.
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    Man, I must be flipping my bits today. I meant that my "bad" chol is 200. Maybe I meant ldl of 200.

    Anyway, yeah, I've also got hypothyroidosis evidently.

    In the past when I've gotten this done, they said it was OK to drink coffee. So I drank coffee I made with the french press that morning. But when I got the wild results, even with this pinchbag diet I'm on and some folks mentioned that coffee made w/o a filter induces higher cholesterol, I started googling to find these articles indicating that unfiltered coffee is bad.

    I think the doc is trying to get me on lipitor which I'm not going to do. I just small a big fucking rat in all this shit. I'm 6' and weigh 180 and I'm not in bad shape....
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    Woah, okay 200 for ldl is pretty high I guess….

    The few times I've fasted I was specifically told nothing besides plain water for 12hrs, which is pretty easy to do, pound the last Hammy at 8pm, drink water, blood test at 8am, 8:04am crack into the thermos of coffee in the truck

    Try a back to back test just with pulling out the coffee?

    I also wonder how elastic some of the tests are and if they can be gamed at all, not that I would necessarily but…I'm curious.
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    Think I've got the hyperthyroiditisism in my future. Metabolism becoming increasingly humming bird like as I get old(er).
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    Generally triglycerides are the most affected type of cholesterol as far as eating before the test goes. I tell patients they can have anything without calories before the test, which generally includes black coffee (no cream or sugar). Never heard anything else about coffee affecting the results otherwise, but of course that doesn't mean it can't happen. As LemonBoy suggested, a large part of cholesterol is genetic, so just because your fit doesn't mean you can't have high cholesterol. If you have hypothyroidism, it might be reasonable to get that under control (and work on diet and exercise if there is room for improvement there) then recheck your cholesterol. Hypothyroidism also seems to elevate triglycerides more in my experience, but can be a cause of elevated LDL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilcox510 View Post
    Generally triglycerides are the most affected type of cholesterol as far as eating before the test goes. I tell patients they can have anything without calories before the test, which generally includes black coffee (no cream or sugar). Never heard anything else about coffee affecting the results otherwise, but of course that doesn't mean it can't happen.
    Google "coffee cholesterol" and read the Johns Hopkins findings. Unfiltered coffee drinkers have higher cholesterol. And I know how to lie with statistics.


    As LemonBoy suggested, a large part of cholesterol is genetic, so just because your fit doesn't mean you can't have high cholesterol.
    I know.

    If you have hypothyroidism? it might be reasonable to get that under control (and work on diet and exercise if there is room for improvement there) then recheck your cholesterol. Hypothyroidism also seems to elevate triglycerides more in my experience, but can be a cause of elevated LDL.
    So what if I have hypothyroidism. What are the symptoms? What's the concern? I've read the basic stuff and I don't have the symptoms specified, except fatigue sometimes, and there're other reasons for that.

    Be forewarned, I'm very, very suspicious of the medical, insurance and drug industries. I'm not impugning your character or sincerity personally, but more often than not, doctors don't know what the fuck they'res really talking about.
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    B- Have you thought about finding yourself a hippy doctor (if you don't have one already)? Of course, I have one that often flips me shit about not eating so much meat and stuff but I generally really like the style at that office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemon boy View Post
    B- Have you thought about finding yourself a hippy doctor (if you don't have one already)? Of course, I have one that often flips me shit about not eating so much meat and stuff but I generally really like the style at that office.
    Not really...I try to complement my basic essense of patchouli, birkenstocks and macrame' with the opposing camps views.

    We've gone the naturopaths way with one of the nubs allergies and the $500 initial test is a bit daunting for we of scottish soul.
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    Wow, that's not natural…that's parasitic!

    Mine isn't all natural or anything the group is just big on fusing traditional/natural with modern medical often in different/effective ways. Doesn't smell like patchouli at all.
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    Normally, I'd just blow this shit off and write it off as another smarmketing ploy by the medinsurdrug cartels. But I've got some reasons I need to resolve whether or not this is a real issue.

    So the first assumption is that the unfiltered coffee may have skewed the test. So I have another one scheduled in 7 weeks. I'm going to stay on this diet, eat fruit for dinner the afternoon before the test, consume absolutely nothing between 4 pm and the time of the test. Then I'll take stock again.

    I am stopping the unfiltered coffee, kind of a bummer, because the shit is tasty.
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    Dude, what do you have against Lipitor? Probably one of the most successful and relatively safe drugs on the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Man, I must be flipping my bits today. I meant that my "bad" chol is 200. Maybe I meant ldl of 200
    Point of clarification. Your "Total Cholesterol" is not your LDL + your HDL. Total also includes triglycerides... and it isn't a simple calculation like LDL + HDL + TG = TC there are other variables in play (of which I'm not too keen on).

    Just for the sake of it, here is a recent lipid panel of a patient in one of my lipid studies (pre-treatment):

    Plasma Cholesterol (TC): 265 mg/dL
    Triglycerides (TG): 139 mg/dL
    HDL: 68 mg/dL
    LDL: 169 mg/dL

    So just make sure you have your numbers correct... don't look at TC in and of itself... a good number to look at is "non-HDL cholesterol" or just LDL. Generally, an LDL >180 is bad for anybody, >160 is bad for somebody with 1 to 2 risk factors (hypertension, smoking, old age, family history of heart disease, etc), and so on...

    Take with it what you want. I work for the evil conglomerate of pharma companies hoping to make money off of athersclerosis medications like the aforementioned Lipitor. In fact, my company developed the first of many "Lipitors"... so I'm probably the least trustworthy!!

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    Road trip- what does your evil pharma-marketing brain say about the Framingham risk assessment tool?

    It seems to be to be betterer than merely talking about LDL in relation to risk factors.

    Thanks for finding the full report.

    Stymie- obviously I'm not buster but the idea of taking some kind of maintenance drug all the time to reduce something that maybe could contribute to you having a heart attack that might happen especially if as the Framingham thing suggests it only gets you a potential benefit of 1 or 2 &#37; pts on your 10 year risk of heart attack, depending on your situation…not too into that really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stymie View Post
    Dude, what do you have against Lipitor? Probably one of the most successful and relatively safe drugs on the market.
    From : lipitor.com:

    Muscle problems. LIPITOR can cause serious muscle problems that may lead to kidney problems, including kidney failure. You have a higher chance of muscle problems if you are taking certain other medicines with LIPITOR.

    Liver problems. LIPITOR can cause liver problems. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking LIPITOR, and while you take it. Symptoms of muscle or liver problems include:
    Unexplained muscle weakness or pain, especially if you have a fever or feel very tired
    Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
    Brown or dark-colored urine
    Feeling more tired than usual
    Your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow
    If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.
    The most common side effects of LIPITOR are:
    Headache
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    Gas
    Upset stomach and stomach pain
    Rash
    Muscle and joint pain
    Side effects are usually mild and may go away by themselves. In clinical studies of 2,502 patients, 98% of LIPITOR users did not have side effects that stopped them from taking their medication.

    When there's big money to be made, I don't trust the corporate medium.

    As for RT: my hdl+ldl = 274. Too big a number, but I'm really not convinced that it means what everyone says, particularly in light of my low thyroid and unfiltered coffee.

    If I have to take that shit, I will, but I'm not going to if I can lower the numbers by changing my diet and habits.

    When you really give something a close look, there's more smoke and mirrors and marketing bullshit than anyone wants to believe.
    Besides, my maxim has always been that "the only drugs I consume are of the recreational sort".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    From : lipitor.com:

    Muscle problems. LIPITOR can cause serious muscle problems that may lead to kidney problems, including kidney failure. You have a higher chance of muscle problems if you are taking certain other medicines with LIPITOR.

    Liver problems. LIPITOR can cause liver problems. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking LIPITOR, and while you take it. Symptoms of muscle or liver problems include:
    Unexplained muscle weakness or pain, especially if you have a fever or feel very tired
    Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
    Brown or dark-colored urine
    Feeling more tired than usual
    Your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow
    If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.
    The most common side effects of LIPITOR are:
    Headache
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    Gas
    Upset stomach and stomach pain
    Rash
    Muscle and joint pain
    Side effects are usually mild and may go away by themselves. In clinical studies of 2,502 patients, 98% of LIPITOR users did not have side effects that stopped them from taking their medication.

    When there's big money to be made, I don't trust the corporate medium.

    As for RT: my hdl+ldl = 274. Too big a number, but I'm really not convinced that it means what everyone says, particularly in light of my low thyroid and unfiltered coffee.

    If I have to take that shit, I will, but I'm not going to if I can lower the numbers by changing my diet and habits.

    When you really give something a close look, there's more smoke and mirrors and marketing bullshit than anyone wants to believe.
    Besides, my maxim has always been that "the only drugs I consume are of the recreational sort".
    Re-take the cholesterol test... if it comes back as high as before... you should listen closely to your doctor about statins. I agree with you somewhat about the way drugs are marketed. However, just be an educated patient- read all you can and ask questions. Most of the time the benefits outweigh the risks- lipitor is relatively safe (your descriptions above nonwithstanding). Listen, no drug is a silver bullet... medicinal chemistry is still very much a imprecise science- we do the best we can, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    AWESOME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stymie View Post
    Re-take the cholesterol test... if it comes back as high as before... you should listen closely to your doctor about statins. I agree with you somewhat about the way drugs are marketed. However, just be an educated patient- read all you can and ask questions. Most of the time the benefits outweigh the risks- lipitor is relatively safe (your descriptions above nonwithstanding). Listen, no drug is a silver bullet... medicinal chemistry is still very much a imprecise science- we do the best we can, though.
    The last 3 tests went like this for LDL+HDL numbers:
    310
    208
    274

    Imagine my suspicion!

    Safe?

    Statin Drug Side Effects
    Like all medications, statin's have potential side effects. The most common side effects include:

    Nausea
    Diarrhea
    Constipation
    Muscle Aching
    In addition to the side effects listed above there are two serious side effects such as rhabdomyolysis (which may be fatal) associated with statin medications:

    Rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents into the circulation. Some of these are toxic to the kidney and frequenty result in kidney damage. Crestor, Liptior, Zocor, Mevacor, Pravachol, and Lescol are beleived to increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis.

    Elevated liver enzymes. Occasionally, statin use causes an increase in liver enzymes. If the increase is only mild, you can continue to take the drug. If the increase is severe, you may need to stop taking it, which usually reverses the problem. Certain other cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as gemfibrozil (Lopid) and niacin, increase the risk of liver problems in people who take statins. Because liver problems may develop without symptoms, people who take statins should have their liver function tested periodically.


    Statin myopathy. Statins may cause muscle pain and tenderness (statin myopathy). In severe cases, muscle cells can break down (rhabdomyolysis) and release a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream. Myoglobin can impair kidney function and lead to kidney failure. Certain drugs when taken with statins can increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis. These include gemfibrozil, erythromycin (Erythrocin), anti fungal medications, nefazodone (Serzone), cyclosporine and niacin. If you take statins and have new muscle aching or tenderness, consult with your doctor.
    The serious side effects of statin medications have been known for some time. On August 8, 2001 Bayer recalled their statin drug called Baycol as a result of 31 deaths that were linked to Baycol.

    Recently an FDA associate director of drug safety gave a Crestor warning which recommended a Crestor recall due to the prevalence of serious Crestor side effects like rhabdomyolysis. Many exoerts beleive the same serious side effects shared by Baycol and Crestor are associated with all statin drugs.. Over the last few years experts have learned more about the serious side effects of statin drugs such as Crestor and have issued several warnings in order to help educate the public and doctors about side effects. Due to the seriousness of Crestor side effects many experts agree that the FDA should initiate a Crestor recall.

    Statin drugs have a history of serious side effects. If you or a loved one have taken Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor, Pravachol, or Lescol and have been injured as a result of the side effects or if you have questions about statin drug side effects contact the statin drug attorneys of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today. The statin drug lawyers of Ennis & Ennis specialize in statin drug lawsuits resulting from Crestor side effects, Lipitor side effects, Zocor side effects, Mevacor side effects, and Pravachol side effects. Ennis & Ennis, P.A. is a national mass tort litigation / drug litigation law firm with offices in Washington DC and throughout Florida. Contact us today for your free, confidential case evaluation.

    If you are currently taking Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor, or Pravachol and have concerns about its safety, you should consult with your doctor regarding your treatment options. Under no circumstances should you discontinue taking any medication, including Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor, or Pravachol without first consulting with your doctor.


    Tell me again why we can't get red yeast rice? Why hasn't policosinol been studied?

    I'm not that well read, but I'm not iggurunt neether. It's probubly jest all that lsd I ate 30 or so years ago.
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    buster trusts trial lawyers more than drug congloms?

    who knew
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemon boy View Post
    buster trusts trial lawyers more than drug congloms?

    who knew
    Spin it how you want citron garcon, but the fact that there are trial lawyers trawling for cases does indicate something. My first thought is that they would be paid by the drug companies to intercept these cases before they came to trial.
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    Probably they have a deal with the class action lawyers to hand over the class list so they can send them free samples of new drugs
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    Are you high cholesterol boys sucking down the fish oil supplements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stikki View Post
    Are you high cholesterol boys sucking down the fish oil supplements?
    Smells like fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Spin it how you want citron garcon, but the fact that there are trial lawyers trawling for cases does indicate something. My first thought is that they would be paid by the drug companies to intercept these cases before they came to trial.
    Basically client sign up numbers allow maneuvering closer toward the case management committee or similar and bigger billable hours = deep end of the trough.

    Most of those cases are generated more by looking at drug conglom's stock price than any actual side effects anyone might suffer let alone attempting to win injured party real damage awards.

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    a few points

    coffee did raise my total chol 50 points.
    statins can cause muscle pain. i got it with lipitor but no problem with zocor. the serious muscle side effects are very rare.
    if you read the pdr for aspirin or anything else you would never take any pill and your life expectancy would be 50 like it was in 1900.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydukelives View Post
    if you read the pdr for aspirin or anything else you would never take any pill and your life expectancy would be 50 like it was in 1900.
    Evidently, Hayduke is dead.
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