High Triglycerides: What You Need to Know
Controlling High Triglycerides: Medical Treatment
People with heart disease and high triglycerides may need medication to bring down their levels.
- Fibrates can lower triglycerides. They modestly improve cholesterol levels, too.
- Fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids can help keep triglycerides under control. Ask your doctor whether you should use prescription fish oil. Omega-3 acids from plant sources like flaxseed may help.
- Niacin (nicotinic acid) can lower triglycerides by up to 50%. It's available as a non-prescription supplement and as a prescription drug.
- Statins are the standard drug for treating unhealthy cholesterol levels to reduce 'bad' cholesterol level and reduce your risk of heart disease. They also lower triglycerides.
Remember that to stay healthy and keep your triglycerides down, you still have to focus on improving your lifestyle.
When you talk to your doctor, discuss all of the medicines, supplements, and vitamins you take. Some common drugs -- like beta-blockers, birth control pills, and diuretics -- can cause high triglycerides as a side effect. It's possible that one of them could be causing your problem.
High Triglycerides: Getting Help
When it comes to cholesterol and triglycerides, perhaps the most important thing is to get regular screenings.
See your doctor and get checked out. If your triglycerides are high, you and your doctor can decide on a treatment plan -- and you can make a few simple but effective changes to your lifestyle.