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How Can I Lower My Triglycerides?

By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:45 AM

Question: I take medicine for cholesterol, but am also worried about my triglycerides. Is there anything I can do diet-wise to lower them?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:  
You are right to view cholesterol and triglycerides as independent risk factors. Triglycerides are needed to form phospholipids and are essential components of fat tissue. But excesses of triglycerides will elevate cardiovascular and stroke risks, as well as causing other conditions such as pancreatitis and diabetes.
If you have diabetes, you should concentrate on glucose management and your triglyceride level will decrease as your glucoses come into better control, often with without using triglyceride medication. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, especially fish oil derived from cold water sources, are great triglyceride reducers.
High fiber diets, including green leafy vegetables, can also help control elevated triglyceride levels. Avoid saturated fatty foods and try to use olive oil when cooking. Many patients prefer prescription fish oil supplementation with Lovaza (made from the esters of selected fish oil containing defined quantities of DHA and EPA). It is closely regulated for impurities and content and it lacks the fishy taste of most over-the-counter fish oil supplements.
Lowering triglycerides is important especially when cardiovascular risks need to be modified aggressively.

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