Ask The Expert
July 13, 2012
Here are the ranges for triglyceride blood levels:
It's important that this blood test be performed in a fasting state. That means no food or drinks other than water for approximately eight to 10 hours before the blood test.
As triglyceride levels rise, the risk of coronary heart disease also rises. This is especially true when HDL (good) cholesterol levels are low and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels are high. Very high levels of triglycerides can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
The most important step you can take to lower triglycerides is to lower your daily calorie intake to lose weight. Alcohol can also be a major contributor to high triglyceride. So you may need to eliminate alcohol completely.
Here are some ways to help lower your calorie count and triglyceride level:
There are no special foods that you can eat to help lower triglyceride levels.
The B vitamin niacin lowers triglyceride levels. You can buy niacin without a prescription. But you should still talk with your doctor before starting it.