Cholesterol/LipidsHIV/AIDSOmega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 lowers triglycerides in men with HIV

Elevated triglyceride blood levels are a common finding in people with HIV. And the levels tend to get higher during treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

A new study shows the effectiveness of taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements in these patients.

  • Eleven people taking HAART had elevated triglyceride blood levels.
  • They were treated with 9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily or placebo after first trying diet therapy.
  • Adding the placebo to diet resulted in no greater change in triglyceride blood levels than diet alone.
  • In the group treated with omega-3 fatty acids, triglycerides fell 57% compared to just 6% with diet alone.

This is a high dose of omega-3. A summary of the options for taking this dose successfully is available here.

11/25/06 11:14 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.