(Closed) What foods can help lower high triglyceride

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 2
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

His doctor didn’t go over that with him? 

Post # 3
30399 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Asphalt.Angel:  There is s much information available online these days.

Avoid sugary and refined carbohydrates, including sugar, honey, and other sweeteners, soda and other sugary drinks, candy, baked goods, and anything made with white (refined or enriched) flour, including white bread, rolls, cereals, buns, pastries, regular pasta and white rice. You’ll also want to limit dried fruit and fruit juice since they’re dense in simple sugar. All of these poor–quality carbs can spike triglyceride levels.<br /> Cut way back on alcohol. If you have high triglycerides, alcohol should be considered a rare treat — if you indulge at all, since even small amounts of alcohol can dramatically increase triglyceride levels.<br /> Eat lots of fatty fish, like salmon and sardines, as often as possible. They’re loaded with omega–3 fats which are incredibly effective at reducing triglycerides. In fact, omega–3 fats are so effective at lowering triglycerides that people with particularly high numbers should speak with their physician about fish oil supplements.



Post # 4
212 posts
Helper bee

Maybe he could go vegetarian or vegan (at least temporarily). I’m a vegetarian, and my cholesterol is fantastic, and my triglycerides are actually too low. My doctor said one of her patients went vegan after he had a heart attack, and his triglycerides dropped really low, too. Exercising will probably help as well. Eating a plant-based diet without many processed foods, drinking a lot of water, and staying active works wonders.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely have him ask his physician if he can take fish oil. It has been proven to reduce triglyceride, increase good cholesterol, and decrease the bad cholesterol.

Post # 6
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

My husband tried many different things to get his tryglycerides lower over the course of several years (he was trying to qualify for the highest/best tier for life insurance and his tryglycerides were the main thing holding him back). Limiting his intake of carbs was by far the most effective in getting his trigycerides down. He also cut out sugar, but found that it wasn’t as effective as getting rid of carbs in his diet. He usually now eats a salad for lunch, and eats fish, lean meats for dinner, broccoli and veggies on the side. He has cut out almost entirely potatoes, rice, starches, breads, pasta and limits his sweets. He eats tortilla chips and salsa almost daily so that hasn’t seemed to be a factor. If on occasion he does eat some carbs he tries to have a really small portion. He eats fish at least three times a week so I wouldn’t worry about that. Changing his diet, and staying active has really made a huge improvement.


Post # 8
413 posts
Helper bee

I’ve just had a look at the American Heart Association for you (sorry, just assuming you are in the US, I am in Aust) and it has heaps of good information about healthy fats etc.  There is no need to cut out meat from the diet.  Lean meat has healthy fats in it, the main thing is to avoid saturated fats (the white fat or solid fat on meats, things like butter, pastry etc – there is a list on the website).

Regarding the sodium, here is a guide of what levels of salt to be aiming for in your products http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/About-Sodium-Salt_UCM_463416_Article.jsp' defer='defer

And here is a statement from AHA about triglycerides http://newsroom.heart.org/news/1315

<br />You could also ask about a referral to a dietitian, again not sure how things work in the US, but here the doctor can refer to a dietitian for a certain number of visits on a care plan.  The dietitian would be able to help with looking at the current diet and helping with strategies to make manageable changes. 

All the best 🙂

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