Treatment of high triglycerides
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Treatment of High Triglycerides
May 29, 2013
 by Gabe Mirkin, MD

 Having high blood levels of triglycerides
increases your chances for a heart attack
(1,2,3) and diabetes (4).
 
When you take in more food than you need, the
extra calories are converted to triglycerides,
whether they come from carbohydrates, fats or
proteins. Those with high blood levels of
triglycerides usually store most of their fat in
their bellies rather than their hips and have
low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol
that prevents heart attacks. You raise blood
levels of triglycerides most by eating sugary
foods and refined carbohydrates such as bakery
products. These foods lack omega-3 fatty acids.
One way to lower triglycerides is to avoid
refined carbohydrates and eat foods that are
good sources of omega-3's.
 
Doctors have known for years that omega-3 fatty
acids in fish oils lower triglycerides, but
whole grains, beans and seeds are also rich
sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Bakery products
and pastas made from flour have no omega-3 fatty
acids because they are removed in the germ of a
whole grain before grinding it into flour. You
lower high triglycerides by restricting bakery
products, pastas and sugary foods and eating
plenty of whole grains, vegetables, seeds and
deep-water fish. See How Excess Calories Lead to
Diabetes
 
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5)WS Harris.Nonpharmacologic treatment of
hypertriglyceridemia: Focus on fish
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Checked 12/2/14