Diet and lifestyle changes can help lower your triglycerides. For example:
- Lose weight and stay at a healthy weight. Triglycerides are stored as fat in your tissues and muscles.
- Eat fewer calories. Excess calories are converted to triglycerides.
- Limit high-calorie foods and carbohydrate, especially high-sugar foods such as cookies, soda, and fruit juices.
- Limit unhealthy fats in your diet, especially saturated fat and trans fats.
- Choose a diet like the Reference Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet.
- Limit alcohol, which has a strong effect on triglycerides.
- Be more active. Try activities—such as brisk walking—that raise your Reference heart rate Opens New Window. Aim for at least 2½ hours of Reference moderate exercise Opens New Window a week.
- Stop smoking. See the topic Reference Quitting Smoking for information on how to quit.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology