High Triglycerides

Also indexed as:Hypertriglyceridemia, Triglycerides (High)
Too many of the fatty compounds known as triglycerides can compromise your health. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Too many of the fatty compounds known as triglycerides can compromise your health. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Don't forget the fish

    Eat more fatty fish and take a daily fish oil supplement providing 3,000 mg of the triglyceride-lowering omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA

  • Get the niacin you need

    Under your doctor’s supervision, take niacin (vitamin B3) in amounts large enough to reduce triglyceride levels

  • Slim down

    Normalize triglyceride levels by losing excess weight through a long-term program of exercise and healthier eating

  • Diet right

    Eat less sugar and other refined carbohydrates, and limit alcohol and caffeine

  • Focus on fitness

    Begin a regular exercise program to lower triglyceride levels

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about drugs commonly prescribed to reduce triglyceride levels in the blood, including the cholesterol-lowering drugs atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), fluvastatin (Lescol), pravastatin (Pravacol), simvastatin (Zocor), niacin (Niaspan), and gemfibrozil (Lopid)

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