I started taking Vascepa about 5 weeks ago for High Triglycerides. Was taking Lovaza and Niaspan for over a year and with diet and exercise triglyceride levels were lowered considerably but my HDL was staying low. Doctor said about the only thing that will raise the HDL is exercise.
I definitely notice a big difference in my mood since on Vascepa. Feel much happier and concentration is increased. It is due to the high EPA in Vascepa. It really is a world of difference. Much calmer and relaxed as well.
I will be getting a blood test in a few weeks to see how the Vascepa is affecting my triglycerides. I will fill you in when the results are in.
Thanks for reporting .
Are you on 4 gms of Vascepa ? ...you'll need at least 3 gms IMHO to really effect your lipids.
Can you share your LDL cholesterol levels ---you didn't mention if you were on a statin .
Yes my MD says the only way to raise my HDL ( was as low as 29 ) is exercise so I run /hike every 2 - 3 days .
Don't know if you drink or not ....but ... try and avoid alcohol for 3 days before your blood test . makes a difference in my experience in the TG read out.
My triglyerides were 160 last time it was checked which was before I was on Vascepa. I am not on a statin. My doctor prescribed Crestor this time last year and it made me feel like I was an old man so I went of it and went to Nutritionist Doctor. When I was seeing the Nutritionist Doctor my triglycerides were perfect but I was never able to get the HDL right. I fell off the wagon over the winter a little bit. Gained a few pounds but lately I have been real good with eating and exercise. I gave up drinking in December.
I have been taking Vascepa since it came out. I have not had any blood work done. What I noticed is the swelling in my feet has gone down. They had been swelling for around 5 years prior to Vascepa. Another and surprising result was I had a quarter size bald spot on the back of my head. It is now gone and my hair is thicker. I still have a receding hairline. Nobody has ever mentioned hair growing back but it happened with me.
how's your diet? Cut the wheat, sugar, potatoes, white rice, pasta...Replace fast burning carbs with slow burning carbs...like legumes...pinto beans, black beans, black eyed peas, etc.
Eat lots of vegetables, lean proteins, even some fats (avacodoes, nuts, olives) are good.
This type of diet has worked well for me in lowering weight and improving my blood profile...
Had a pizza Friday night, pulled pork on Saturday, made a Brisket on Sunday, took some Metamucil, had a good bowel movement. Oh and a stalk of celery....
Seriously... hats off to you guys for changing your diets.. Does chasing my runaway dog count towards my daily exercise? I've never had so much fun.... watching a stock go up and I'm still underwater.... Do not sell...GLTA
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Yes. I am eating lots of fruits and vegetables with lean meats and beans. Also eating walnuts and pistacchios. Using Olive Oile for cooking.
For exercise I am going to the gym before work. Run for 20 to 30 minutes and about 40 minutes with the weights. Have been getting to the gym 4 or 5 times a week.
All good stuff. . .but you can splurge occasionally. Just remember, all things in moderation. My motto is "you can take my beer when you can pry it out of my cold dead hand" (with apologies to the NRA). Hell, everyone needs a vice. 8)
vj...thnx for posting this..
This has been my experience too...Additionally I was having a lot of trouble with burning in my eyes and was putting eyedrops every 20minutes...That's all better now...I also watch my diet pretty well and try to avoid fast acting sugars...Vascepa will definitely get you in the Zone if you do that...It is a great feeling..like being more alive in a more pleasant world...This stuff is going to rock...
We need others to post their experiences...": ) JL
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Called the placebo effect. The good doctor should know that. These instant medical gratification observations from Nirvana to growing hair in a few weeks is absurd. Vascepa will get "you in the Zone"?? So will a pint of Jack Daniels, but I wouldn't recommend that either to cure whatever ails you
for more than one night! Come on folks.. It's fish oil for goodness sakes...Not the Fountain of Youth!
Great to see you posting here again .
Please use the ignore button --it makes the board far more tolerable.
Your posts are an important read for anyone with a lipid disorder , history of heart disease or are diabetic . They educate us and make us better informed patients enabling us to communicate better with our MD's .
So I hope you can find the time to post on both boards.
AK ( Kiwi )
vjmac887: I been on HTG meds for about thirty years (the inherited version of hypertriglyceridemia). That's when it got to the point that it got obvious. Presently on Tricor and Simvastatin. Been watching the diet since it showed up and trying to keep up with the exercise regimen. At 72 (and with a bum knee) I had to skip my normal treadmill over the winter, and noticed a decrease in the HDL. The trigs are still hanging around the normal range but the HDLs seem to be definitely effected by the diet and exercise (sugar especially, in most forms, seems to cause a jump in my trigs and LDLs and a drop in HDLs). As they say, this seems to be true for me, but may not apply in all cases. The diet part is easy, I stay away from fats and sweets and my weight seems to take care of itself. The exercise takes more self discipline, but I try to make it easier by doing the heavy housekeeping, home maintenance and yard work, etc., myself. Hope you can glean something useful out of my blather. BTW, the exercise also seems to help me relax, stay calm and maintain a good mood (as do my two dogs). Good luck 8)