How can I lower my triglycerides?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

Dear Peggy: I went to the doctor, and everything was fine except for my triglycerides. How can I lower them? —L.K., Pocola, Oklahoma

Triglycerides are a form of fat, and having high triglycerides is a risk factor for heart disease. A blood test can determine triglyceride levels:

  • Normal = less than 150 mg/dL
  • Borderline-High = 150-199 mg/dL
  • High = 200-499 mg/dL
  • Very High = 500+ mg/dL

If your triglycerides are above normal, talk to your physician. There could be an underlying cause, and you may need medication. Also try:

  • Losing weight and exercising.
  • Choosing healthy fats, such as canola oil and olive oil, over butter and shortening.
  • Limiting alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
  • Following a diet that's low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.

 
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