Your Questions About Lower Triglycerides

Lowering your triglyceride level to the optimal level of less than 100 mg/dl is the best thing you can do for your overall health. On this page, readers ask for specifics on how to get their triglyceride levels to a lower and safer level….

Lisa asks…

I went to the cardiologist today and lost 22 lbs since January. What is the best way to lower my triglycerides

He told me I need to get my good Cholesterol up and get my bad Cholesterol down and says I should take 2 grams of fish oil every day at least. He also told me to keep losing weight and go for a fasting lipid profile in a month.
How do I lower my triglycerides and get my good cholesterol up?

Sheila answers:

First of all, good for you for losing the weight! It’s not easy. And it is great to listen to your doctor’s advice.

When it comes to lowering your triglycerides and increasing your levels of good cholesterol, diet is everything! The basis of your diet should be plenty of vegetables. Keep animal fat intake to a minimum. Eliminate all sweets to occasional only. Use heart-healthy oils like olive oil. And check with your doctor about supplementing with fish oil.

Ruth asks…

How do you lower your triglycerides?

My husband’s triglycerides are very high and I want to know the most beneficial way to lower them.

Sheila answers:

Exercise and diet, sometimes meds are needed. Triglycerides are basically a measurement of the sweet stuff in your diet, so reduce, or better yet, eliminate concentrated carbs and sweets. This includes desserts, sweetened sodas, and anything that has sugar. This is a great way to start reducing the triglyceride levels.

Your husband’s doctor may put him on a triglyceride-lowering med initially to bring dangerously high triglyceride levels down more quickly. But as your husband develops a lifestyle of healthier eating and exercise, he might be able to come off the medication.

Helen asks…

I’m taking 2000 mg a day of fish oil to lower my triglycerides is this OK?

I’ve just started to take this fish oil supplements like 2 or 3 weeks ago to lower my triglycerides & I’m taking 2000 mg per day is this the right amount for me ? and 4 how long can i take this supplements ? thank you

Sheila answers:

That is a fine amount to supplement with daily. You can take this for the rest of your life. Always be sure to let your doctor know that you are taking the fish oil supplements.

Susan asks…

What should (or shouldn’t ) I eat to lower my triglycerides?

Sheila answers:

Triglycerides are affected by sugar. This is because insulin raises triglyceride levels. To reduce your triglycerides, try a diet low in sugar. Complex carbohydrates are not nearly so bad, I am not saying you need to go the Atkin’s route, but something less extreme (like SugarBuster’s Diet) would probably help.

To give you an idea, this means eating high-fiber vegetables, and whole grain like whole wheat bread & pasta, avoiding soda and other sugary drinks, avoiding candy, etc.. Also avoid alcohol.

If you haven’t been tested for diabetes, you should be. It can cause high triglycerides.

Jenny asks…

How can I lower my triglycerides and uric acid?

Sheila answers:

Changes in lifestyle habits are the main therapy for hypertriglyceridemia, or high triglycerides. 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.

To lower your uric acid level, avoid all alcohol and reduce your meat consumption. If you are eating meat, try to restrict it to low fat meats and about 3 times a week.

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