Your Questions About Triglycerides Too High

Getting abnormal results on your lipid panel should be a wake-up call that you are headed down the road to heart disease, diabetes, strokes and other dangerous health issues. Learn more about high triglycerides and high cholesterol and what you can do to correct the levels from our readers’ questions below.

Lizzie asks…

How to lower trigycerides?

Hubby got his lab work back, putting him on med called venturen or something..says triglycerides too 382 or to lower it naturally?

Sheila answers:

Cut down on refined and processed carbs, especially sugars.

No cokes, candy, cookies, ice cream, pastries, doughnuts, Little Debbie cakes…

Establish and adhere to a daily exercise. Even walking 30 minutes a day can help to lower triglycerides.

Eat lean protein (chicken, pork, and lean cuts of beef) as well as green vegetables.

When selecting fruits and vegetables, choose those with a low glycemic index.

While you are working toward lowering the triglyceride levels naturally, taking a med to help lower it quickly will help. You can work with your doctor in eventually eliminating the prescription med if you are successful in using natural means to lower your triglyceride level.

Sandy asks…

Is my cholesterol way too high for my age? And other questions below…?

I am 30 yrs old. I weigh 280 pounds and never exercise and eat way too much red meat and not enough vegetables. I’m Italian. What I want to know is if there is a good chance of lowering it all by changing my life style with eating right and exercising regularly which I have already began for a week now. Should i be on statin drugs or can i have a chance to bring it down on my own? Below is my blood level readings. When should I get tested again. Thank u so much if u can help with my questions. Thanks.

  • Total cholesterol is 283
  • HDL is 41
  • LDL is 209
  • Vldl is 33
  • Triglycerides is 166

Chol/HDL risk ratio is 6.9. How bad is all of this and could it be from simply a horrible diet and never exercising is my main question or is there no hope?

Sheila answers:

Yes, your unhealthy lipid levels could be simply a horrible diet and never exercising. There is hope.

Yes, you have an excellent chance of lowering your blood lipids if you change your diet, exercise and lose weight. Good for you for recognizing that you need to do this. You have your first successful week already completed!

Let’s look at your levels:

Your cholesterol of 283 is too high. Your goal is to reduce it to less than 200 mg/dl.

Your HDL (good) cholesterol level of 41 puts you at a high risk for heart disease. You should work to bring it up to above 60 mg/dl.

The LDL (bad) cholesterol of  209 is, again, too high. That level should be less than 100 mg/dl.

The VLDL, or very low density lipoprotein, level should be between 5 and 40 mg/dl- the lower the better.

Your triglyceride level of 166 is also high, as you know. You want to get that less than 150 mg/dl. Less than 100 mg/dl is even better.

Lose the excess weight and walk at least 30 minutes a day. If you smoke, quit. If you drink alcohol, limit that to one drink only on special occasions.As for your diet, the typical Italian diet rich in pasta will lead to a high triglyceride level. You need to restrict all processed carbs and stick to lean protein, low glycemic fruits and vegetables and foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Donna asks…

Conversion from glucose to glycogen & triglycerides questions?

When people eat too much carbs, and the glucose level rises too high, the body will convert the excess glucose to glycogen (which is stored in the liver?) and triglycerides (fat?).

Does the liver go… ok, this batch of glucose will become glycogen. Then when the next batch comes in, it goes, well, now I feel like some triglycerides. Or are both the output of the same process?

If they are not result of the same process, how does the liver know when to make glycogen and when to make triglycerides?


Sheila answers:

High glucose levels drive the formation of glycogen and triglycerides simultaneously. Once the maximum level of glycogen is produced and stored in your liver, then only triglyceride storage as fat will occur.

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