Dear Dr. Gott: Is there anything I can do to lower my triglyceride levels?
Dear Reader: Triglycerides are a type of fat (along with the various forms of cholesterol) found in the blood. Treatment typically doesn’t include medication because weight loss, diet and exercise often work well. Diet changes include reducing calories, avoiding sugary/refined foods, reducing fat/cholesterol intake, eliminating trans fats, limiting alcohol, and choosing healthier fats, such as olive, peanut or canola oil.
Omega-3 fish oil pills can be used as well.
Exercising at least 30 minutes five to seven days a week can help lower triglyceride levels and LDL “bad” cholesterol, while increasing HDL “good” cholesterol. Dear Reader: Brewer’s yeast is made from a one-celled fungus and is typically used in beer making. Over the years it has been thought to help treat diabetes, lower cholesterol, aid weight loss and improve acne. Some studies have suggested that brewer’s yeast may actually be beneficial for these conditions, although other studies have not had similar results.