Lowering Triglycerides

Lowering Triglycerides: Controlling Medications and Medical Conditions

When certain medical conditions are uncontrolled, triglyceride levels may rise. These conditions include:
 
Lowering triglycerides in people with these conditions often occurs by getting the conditions under control.
 
Also, certain medications can increase triglycerides. These include:
 
If possible, your healthcare provider will recommend switching to other medications that can treat your particular condition.
 

Lowering Triglycerides Through Lifestyle Changes

If the previous steps do not cause triglycerides to decrease a normal level, your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle changes. These include:
 
  • Changing your diet
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising
  • Reducing or stopping the use of alcohol.
     
Changing Your Diet
Generally, the first thing a person with high triglycerides should do is change his or her diet. An eating plan for lowering high triglycerides may include:
 
  • Limiting the amount of saturated fat to 7 to 10 percent of total calories
  • Limiting the total amount of fat to under 30 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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