Ask the Nurse

How can I lower my triglycerides? I exercise at least 60 – 70 minutes a week on an elliptical at a level of 13. I eat fish twice a week and take a fish oil supplement as well. I do not eat beef and eat very little other meat. And I eat pumpkin seed daily on my lunch salad. I need help!

There are several factors that will help to determine what kind of treatment you will need to help lower your triglycerides:

If you are overweight or obese, losing weight will help lower your triglycerides level. You might need to increase your exercise regimen to more than 60 to 70 minutes a week. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week and a minimum of 20 minutes of strength training twice a week. Also, avoid concentrated sugars and limit alcohol consumption.

I would recommend that you see a nutritionist and also your primary care doctor to determine what the appropriate next treatment should be based on your risk factors. Sometimes, depending on how high the triglyceride level is and a person’s risk factor for cardiovascular disease, medications to lower triglyceride can be started but you need to discuss this with your doctor to see if your situation is appropriate for this kind of treatment.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

September 14, 2012 at 3:14pm