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Lipid Effects of Avandia

Free Fatty Acids and Avandia

In these same studies, Avandia was shown to decrease free fatty acids by as much as 14.7 percent. Free fatty acids are related to triglycerides, but are not the same as triglycerides. In fact, triglyceride levels did not change in these studies. Free fatty acids are often higher in people who are obese or who have diabetes, and may be linked to insulin resistance or other diabetes complications.

Lipid Effects of Avandia: Final Thoughts

Avandia has both positive and negative effects on several lipids in the blood. It increases the total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, but also increases HDL cholesterol. While the medication has no effect on triglycerides, Avandia does decrease free fatty acids in the blood.
Because people with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease (see Diabetes and Heart Disease), good cholesterol levels are especially important. Talk to your healthcare provider about your specific cholesterol numbers and whether you need to take action (including diet, exercise, or medication) to improve them.
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