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Have high triglycerides. How to lower it?

Was tested at my companies health fair this week and my tryglyserides level was high.Was told a few perhaps conflicting things.I was what I ate prior to the test effected the number adversely and not to worry but if that weren t true how do I bring that number down even considering my cholesterol numbers were good ???...chip heard san antonio,tx
Asked On : Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Thanks for writing to us.

Food intake prior to testing can affect lipid profile test results hence lipid profile should be done after over night fast.

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy.
You need some triglycerides for good health. But high triglycerides can raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

For a general idea about your triglycerides level, compare your test results to the following:

Normal is less than 150.
Borderline-high is 150 to 199.
High is 200 to 499.
Very high is 500 or higher.

High triglycerides are usually caused by conditions, such as:

Poorly controlled diabetes.
Kidney disease.
Regularly eating more calories than you burn.
Drinking a lot of alcohol.
Certain medicines may also raise triglycerides (Steroids ,Beta-blockers,Diuretics,Estrogen)
In a few cases, high triglycerides also can run in families.

You can make diet and lifestyle changes to help lower your levels.

Stay at a healthy weight (BMI of less than 25).
Limit fats and sugars in your diet.
Be more active.
Quit smoking.
Limit alcohol.
You also may need medicine to help lower your triglycerides, but try diet and lifestyle changes first.

Hope this could help you.

Wish you good health.

Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Radiologist Dr. Ganesh Sanap's  Response
Hi, welcome to HCM.
It is just difficult to tell without reports. There is also protective cholesterol in blood. So we need details of reports. Grossly you can reduce triglyceride by avoiding fatty and oily foods. Also avoid junk food. Start doing moderate exercise in form of morning walk.
Hope this will work for you.


Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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