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My triglycerides r 363 what do I need to do to get it down

By Anonymous October 9, 2018 - 11:52am
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing!

For the benefit of our readers, triglycerides are a type of lipid in your blood that is created from food you eat. If the calories aren’t needed right away, they are converted into triglycerides and stored in your fat cells to be used as energy at a later time.

Doctors typically recommend a triglyceride level that is less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (1.7 millimoles per L). A level of 150 to 199 is considered borderline high, and a level of 200 to 499 is considered high; over 500 is very high.

Having a high triglyceride level may be inherited from family, can be related to obesity, untreated diabetes, or may be affected by medications you are taking such as tamoxifen (breast cancer), beta blockers, birth control pills, diuretics, or steroids. High triglycerides also could a signal a condition such as type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, liver or kidney disease, or a rare condition affecting how your body converts fat to energy.

There are several ways to lower your numbers, Anon. It is likely that losing just five to 10 pounds may help lower triglyceride levels. It may be easier to instead focus on eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and add fish to your diet a few times a week, or take omega-3 supplements. At any rate, reducing the overall amount of calories you take in could help reduce triglyceride levels.

You may want to avoid sugary and refined foods (for example, made with white flour), select healthier fats (such as olive, peanut, and canola oils), eliminate trans fat, and limit alcohol use. You may want to research and follow an anti-inflammatory diet as a long-term lifestyle change.

In addition to taking fish oil as a supplement, some doctors or wellness professionals recommend taking niacin, Achillea wilhelmsii, chromium, combined vitamin C and vitamin E, creatine, fenugreek, flax oil, pantethine, soy, and walnut oil. There have been limited studies, and most are not approved therapies by the United States Food and Drug Administration, so it’s important to work with your doctor to find the treatment option that works for you.

Take exercise!

If these methods do not work, your doctor likely will recommend medication to help keep your level under control, such as a statin drug used in treating high cholesterol.

I hope this has helped.


October 9, 2018 - 12:48pm
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