How to Lower Triglycerides

Controlling Medical Conditions and Medications

When certain medical conditions are uncontrolled, triglyceride levels may rise. These conditions include:
 
To lower triglycerides in people with these conditions, it is often necessary to get these conditions under control.
 
Also, certain medications can increase triglycerides, including:
 
If possible, the healthcare provider will recommend switching to other medications that can treat your particular condition.
 

How to Lower Triglycerides With Lifestyle Changes

If the steps above do not lower triglycerides to a normal level, the healthcare provider will recommend lifestyle changes.
 
Lifestyle changes for lowering triglycerides include:
 
  • Changing your diet
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising
  • Reducing or stopping the use of alcohol.
     
Changing Your Diet
An eating plan for lowering high triglycerides may include:
 
  • Limiting the total amount of fat to under 30 percent of total calories
  • Limiting the amount of saturated fat to 7 to 10 percent of total calories
  • Limiting the amount of cholesterol
  • Eating only enough calories to achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  • Adding triglyceride-lowering food or supplements, which include fish and fish oil.
     
(Click Diet to Lower Triglycerides for more information.)
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