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.
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