Why Is My Tryglyceride Level 1200


Asked by Stan

Why Is My Tryglyceride Level 1200

I am a 48 year old male and I exercise 4 days a week, don't smoke , eat a relatively normal dietand have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per night. I am 5 feet 9 inches and weigh 150.

I take Paxil and propecia. I have always had borderline high cholesterol - now 266 up fron 215. HDL now 37. My CRP is 0.11 and my Homocysteine is 9.

My mom had high cholesterol


Hi Stan, Your triglycerides are very high and I strongly recommend you consult with your MD

now regarding treatment. Here are steps you can take immediately that will start bringing you down from 1200. You need to reduce the alcohol. Ideally none, but if that is to daunting a thought, cut back to one drink a night. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause a rise in triglyceride level. Increase physical activity. Your HDL is low, you want to get it above 60 and you can do this through activity. If you are not currently physically active, consult your MD before starting an exercise program. To reduce triglycerides, be physically active 30 minutes on 3 or more days each week. Here is an article on raising HDL - Long workouts best for raising good cholesterol. For triglyceride control, you need to limit total fat intake, saturated fat, trans fats, and cholesterol intake. To achieve lower triglyceride levels, maintain a dietary intake of 30% or less of total calories coming from fat. -- Saturated fat intake should be limited to less than 7% of your total daily calories. -- Daily trans fat intake should be less than 1% of your total calorie intake. -- Cholesterol should be limited to less than 300 mg/day. A healthy diet to maintain or achieve normal triglyceride levels should be based on whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat animal products. Do not replace high fat products with simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates may raise triglycerides and lower HDL (good) cholesterol. Follow the substitution guidelines listed in workbook part 2 to replace saturated fats in your diet with unsaturated fats. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish, such as salmon, and have a positive impact on triglyceride levels.


Avoid foods that contain a high concentration of simple sugars - candy, baked goods, syrup, table sugar, soft drinks, jelly, and honey. A high intake of fruit juice can also raise triglyceride levels since it contains a high content of natural sugars. You can learn more about triglycerides here.

All the best, Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN