Hi Tony & Welcome to the Forum,
Elevated triglycerides can be controlled (for the most part) by diet. Cut way back on carbs, especially the white foods: sugar (biggest offender), flour, bread, rice, potato. Replace with whole grains: buckwheat, spelt, oat & coconut flours; sprouted grain breads, wild and brown rice, sweet potato, whole grain pastas; stevia or sucanat (sweeteners).
Cinnamon (C. cassia) is very effective at lowering triglycerides as well as stabilizing blood sugar levels. Available in most drug stores in 500mg capsules. Take 1 to 3 capsules daily Or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the spice isle variety of cinnamon.
Excellent website "all about cinnamon": [http://www.innvista.com/health/herbs/cinnamon.htm]
Omega 3 (fish oil or cod liver oil) lowers VLDL (total triglycerides divided by 5) and triglycerides.
Available in 1,000mg capsules - take 1 to 3 daily.
In addition to the B vitamins and omega 3 fish oil (or cod liver oil), add buffered aspirin - 81 mg (contains beneficial magnesium) and CoQ10 - 100 to 150 mg (gelcaps - NOT powdered) with some Vit E. The combination of all of these is Dr Graveline's recommended 'statin alternative'. B vitamins (to control homocysteine levels) should be in these amounts:
* Folic Acid - 400-800 mcg
* B6 - 80-100 mg
* B12 - 200-250 mcg
Adding healthy saturated fats, specifically virgin coconut oil and butter, can increase HDL levels. Regular exercise also helps to increase HDL levels.
You are way too young to start a lifelong course of statins. And if you are a pilot (pilot_t) you definitely DON'T want to take statins.
Statins and the Flyer ( Potential Effect of Statin Drugs on Pilot Performance )