Lowering Triglycerides

Weight Loss
The more weight people gain, the more their triglycerides tend to rise. Normally, in such cases, a doctor will recommend that an overweight person lose weight. In fact, just a little weight loss can significantly lower your triglyceride level; in many cases it will even lower them 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 triglyceride levels
  • Low HDL levels
  • Being overweight and having 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 on most, if not all, days, 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 moderately high triglycerides, reducing alcohol consumption may be recommended. To lower levels in people with very high triglycerides, alcohol should be avoided.

Medications That Can Lower Triglycerides

For some people, diet, weight control, and exercise are not enough to lower triglycerides. If lifestyle changes alone are not enough, your doctor can prescribe medications. These are some of the same medicines used to lower cholesterol. They include:
Nicotinic Acid
Nicotinic acid (niacin) lowers triglycerides along with lowering LDL cholesterol and raising HDL cholesterol. Although this medication is available over-the-counter, it should only be used under a doctor's supervision.
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