Lowering Triglycerides

As high blood triglyceride is often a result of unhealthy lifestyle, in order to reduce triglycerides, one would in most cases, need to change his/her lifestyle. A change in lifestyle that involves lowering triglycerides should include a proper diet and an appropriate exercise routine. The diet to lower triglycerides should be customized according to the particular person as the body weight, height and the various typical medical conditions of the person must also be taken into account before forming a diet chart. The basic rule is to however, avoid sweets, oily foods and carbohydrates as much as possible. It should not be a diet to put you through starvation though, and thus you must replace these saturated fats with unsaturated fats like the omega-3 fats found in fatty fishes (salmon, herring, tuna) in addition to coniferous dark green vegetables (Arugula, lettuce, spinach). Someone with significantly high blood triglyceride may also have to take medications to reduce triglycerides and subsequently, the risk of heart diseases. Lowering triglycerides also reduces the risks that are associated with cholesterol increase as triglyceride is a major component in the chemical formation of cholesterol within our body.

It must be understood that obesity is directly related to elevated triglycerides. When the body receives more calories than it can utilize, it converts them into triglyceride, which acts as the reserve energy store for the body. However, if the body does not need the triglycerides, soon after, they are stored as fat (near the waist area especially) that makes us obese. The fatter one gets, the higher is the person’s triglyceride count is, which brings us to the obvious solution: the fat needs to be burned. In order to lower triglycerides, one must also put in an effort to burn the fat that has already accumulated. The exercise routine must once again be formulated by an expert after considering all the medical and physical conditions of the person in question. The target of the exercise regime should be fat burning and thus it should mostly include aerobic exercise like jogging, swimming and cycling, but depending on the decision of the trainer, one may also have to do a little bit of strength training to empower the muscles.

The most important detail that is necessary to reduce triglycerides is the reason that it is on the rise in the first place. If the reason is dietary imbalance and an unhealthy lifestyle, then a combination of an appropriate diet and exercise regime should be sufficient. However, if the reason involves conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or a genetic disorder like familial hypertriglyceridemia, then it would certainly not be enough. Regular medical observation and medications for treating the root-reason would then be necessary to keep the triglyceride levels under control. At times, even medications like beta-blockers, contraceptives or steroids can also raise triglyceride levels. It is therefore imperative to at first determine the reasons behind the condition, before taking any action to lower triglycerides.