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.