Your Questions About High Triglycerides and Foods to Help Lower Them…

High triglycerides are on the rise in America. Fortunately, unless you have high triglycerides due to heredity, you can do a lot to reduce your triglycerides to a healthy and safe level when you make some changes to your diet and improve your lifestyle to include increasin exercise and reducing stress. Read more about this below….

Jenny asks…

What are the foods with high fiber to reduce high triglycerides?

Sheila answers:

Eating foods with lots of fiber is a great way to help to lower your triglyceride level. Here is a great PDF with the types of high fiber foods you should eat, plus other ways to help lower your high trigylcerides.

http://www.umassmed.edu/uploadedfiles/LoweringTriglycerides.pdf

Mandy asks…

Do you get high triglycerides after you had only your uterus removed?

Sheila answers:

I assume you are really wondering if there is a connection between your female hormones and high triglycerides. No, not necessarily. High triglycerides are due to diet and lifestyle factors and/or heredity.

Lizzie asks…

Do you get high triglycerides when you had your ovaries removed?

Sheila answers:

The connection between high trigylcerides and female hormones is this: if you take a hormone replacement containing estrogen, you could develop high triglycerides. Female surgery involving the removal of the ovaries does not cause high triglycerides.

Donna asks…

Does it mean that if I have high triglycerides that when I work out I have a high chance of a heart attack?

I am a 42 year old female 5’6″ 230 lbs triglycerides are like 1500

Sheila answers:

High triglycerides are a risk factor to cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.  With the level of triglycerides you are carrying, you are at risk whether you are a couch potato or go work out. You need to decrease that level.

Your body mass index is 37 and you are obese. Changes in lifestyle habits are the main therapy for hypertriglyceridemia. These are the changes you need to make:

•If you’re overweight, cut down on calories to reach your ideal body weight. This includes all sources of calories, from fats, proteins, carbohydrates and alcohol.

•Reduce the saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol content of your diet.

•Reduce your intake of alcohol considerably. Even small amounts of alcohol can lead to large changes in plasma triglyceride levels.

•Be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days each week.

•People with high triglycerides may need to substitute monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — such as those found in canola oil, olive oil or liquid margarine — for saturated fats. Substituting carbohydrates for fats may raise triglyceride levels and may decrease HDL (“good”) cholesterol in some people.

•Substitute fish high in omega-3 fatty acids instead of meats high in saturated fat like hamburger. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

* Hypertriglyceridemia is a risk factor for pancreatitis.

Treatment of hypertriglyceridemia is by restriction of carbohydrates and fat in the diet, as well as with niacin, fibrates and statins (three classes of drugs). Increased fish oil intake may substantially lower an individual’s triglycerides.

Carol asks…

What foods are best to eat if you have gout,heartburn and high triglycerides?

Hi, I have gout so I need low purine food that do not cause heartburn or raise triglycerides.  Also, I do eat fish but not meat and usually only eat fresh vegetables and fruit.
Thanks!    Carol

Sheila answers:

Cherries are good with gout, my mom eats them and hers is really almost gone. Cooking with olive oil only can help lower the unhealthy cholesterol.  Try eliminating wheat to see if that helps your heartburn. Also, eat a lot of  vegetables, the low glycemic varities to help to lower triglycerides.

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