How to lower triglycerides?

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Good diet and exercise plan can lower triglyceride levels, improve cholesterol, and decrease the chance of heart disease.The main way to deal with high triglycerides is to eat better and get more exercise. For some people, good habits may not be enough. 

Medication might be needed. The decision for you and your doctor can be complicated because other health conditions are usually involved. Several types of medicine can help with high triglycerides levels. They include:

  • Fibrates
  • Nicotinic acid
  • High doses of omega-3 acids are needed to lower triglycerides and should be taken only under a doctor's care. Epanova, Lovaza, and Vascepa are prescription forms of omega-3 acids.

Your doctor may also prescribe a class of drugs called "statins" that lower cholesterol. Examples include: atorvastatin , rosuvastatin, and simvastatin. You may feel side effects from these drugs. Be sure to talk it over with your doctor or pharmacist.

Japanese black Oolong tea is pretty good in reducing triglycerides, you may try to drink several cups every day, especially after each meal.
1. Lose weight

2. Eat fiber

3. Avoid alcohol

4. Avoid sugar, corn syrup

5. Go swimming, running, walking or cycling, anything that you like

6. Take supplement that lowers cholesterol

7. Eat a lot of fiber
My little secret is wheat grass, I use Amazing Grass products but I think other brands will also work. A scoop of grass powder into a cup of water, drink before I have lunch and dinner. It's amazing. I usually see my belly become flat in a week.
Thank you for sharing. Where do you get the wheat grass powder?
They're available in amazon.
Oh one more thing - do take the green powder, not the orange one or red one if you want to lose weight. Use just the powder and water, it tastes bad, but if you add sugar that's totally nonsense.
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carbs daily

too many sugars


you should avoid sugar and limit carbs
As per American Heart Association, taking 4 grams daily omega-3 fatty acid reduces triglycerides by 20-30%. There're a few key points released.

1. Not supplement, but prescription omega-3. Currently the prescription is used to treating very high triglycerides level (above 500 mg/dL). But the latest research supports physicians to prescribe omega-3 for any abnormal level.

2. EPA or DHA - the study didn't compare EPA or DHA. One prescription contains both EPA and DHA, another one contains only DHA. But the guideline didn't specify which one is better. As a result, both are considered equally.

3. "Dietary supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids are not regulated by the FDA. They should not be used in place of prescription medication for the long-term management of high triglycerides" - as one of the associate professor said.

4. Eating fish at least twice each week helps - salmon, mackerel, herring and albacore tuna.

5. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as getting regular physical activity, losing weight, avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates, limiting alcohol as well as choosing healthier fats from plants in place of saturated fats can help reduce triglycerides.