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My mother's LDL and HDL are 24, Triglyceride 107. Should she

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My mother's LDL and HDL are 24, Triglyceride 107. Should she stop zocor (20mg)?
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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,

I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

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Mysticdoc :

That is a good concern.

Mysticdoc :

The LDL is very low and triglyceride also low.

Mysticdoc :

However HDL is a good cholesterol which should be higher normally at least above 55.

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Zocor or simvastatin helps to lower LDL and triglycerides, but has minimal action on HDL.

Mysticdoc :

Given her very low LDL level, zocor is not necessary.

Mysticdoc :

Even in heart disease and diabetes, as long as LDL level is below 70, this is good.

Mysticdoc :

Please also discuss with her doctor.
Niacin, fish oil can be used to raise HDL level.

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