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How can I lower my triglyceride levels?

If you have high or very high triglyceride levels, changing what you eat and drink, and making some other lifestyle changes will help you get back to healthy levels.

Drink less alcohol

Avoid sugars

Lose weight

Eat less fat and choose healthy fats

Eat plenty of foods high in fibre

Every day have at least:

Be active every day

The changes you make need to be permanent. You need to continue them even when your triglycerides are back to a healthy level if you want them to stay there.

If your triglyceride levels remain high even after you have made lifestyle and dietary changes, you may need to take medications to reduce your risk of heart disease or pancreatitis.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical nurse specialist, Department of Preventive Cardiology, Canterbury DHB. November 2014.

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