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Triglycerides (cont.)

Self-Care for Elevated Triglycerides

Lifestyle modifications can be very effective in lowering blood triglyceride levels and are often the first-line treatment for borderline high levels. Lifestyle changes and self-care steps that have been proved to be effective in reducing triglyceride levels include:

  • weight loss,
  • regular aerobic exercise,
  • limiting intake of food with trans fats and saturated fats; substitute with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats rather than carbohydrates or sugar,
  • reducing alcohol intake, and
  • consuming fatty fish such ash mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

It is also important to control diabetes or other conditions that may be the underlying cause of elevated triglycerides. Reduction in other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as quitting smoking, is also important to decrease the risk of complications from elevated blood lipid levels.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2014

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