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Healthy Choices That Do Double Duty -- or More continued...

Since saturated fat drives up LDL "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, substituting healthier fats can help lower both their levels. You may also find you lose weight and improve your blood pressure and blood sugar.

Choose foods high in fiber. Many foods that you consider healthy have fiber -- most fruits, colorful vegetables, and whole grains. Help yourself to oranges, pears, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beans, and oats -- all excellent sources of fiber. It’s worth it to train your taste buds because eating more fiber:

  • Helps remove LDL "bad" cholesterol from your body
  • Lowers triglycerides
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Reduces your risk of developing diabetes (and helps you manage blood sugar if you already have diabetes)
  • May help you lose weight

Talk to Your Doctor About Meds

Here’s good news: Many of the medications that treat abnormal cholesterol levels also help lower high triglyceride numbers.

Your doctor may recommend that you take additional medications as well, such as pills to lower your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If your triglycerides are very high -- over 500 mg/dL -- you may also get medicine to reduce them.