How to Lower Triglycerides

Losing Weight
The more weight a person gains, the more their triglycerides tend to rise. To lower triglycerides, a healthcare provider will usually recommend that an overweight person lose weight. In fact, just a little weight loss can significantly lower your triglyceride level. In many cases it can bring triglycerides back to a normal level.
Weight management is especially important for those people with metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome have a specific group of risk factors that includes:
  • High triglycerides
  • Low HDL levels
  • Being overweight with a large waist measurement (more than 40 inches for men and more than 35 inches for women).
A moderate exercise program, such as taking a brisk walk 30 to 40 minutes a day, will help lower your triglycerides and keep your heart and blood vessels in shape. A program of regular exercise is also important in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting any type of exercise program.
Reducing or Stopping the Use of Alcohol
Alcohol increases triglycerides in the blood. For people with moderately high triglycerides, reducing alcohol consumption may be recommended. Patients with very high triglycerides should stop drinking alcohol.

Using Medications to Lower Triglycerides

For some people, diet, weight control, and exercise are not enough to lower triglycerides to a healthy level. If such lifestyle changes alone are not enough to sufficiently lower your triglyceride levels, your healthcare provider can prescribe medications that can help. These are some of the same medicines used to lower cholesterol. They include:
Fibrates are used mainly to treat high triglyceride and low HDL levels. Examples of fibrate medication include gemfibrozil (Lopid®) and fenofibrate (Tricor®, Triglide®, Antara®, Lofibra®, Lipofen™ ).
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