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Q. I’ve had high triglyceride levels (250 to 280 mg/dL) for years. Because I take a statin to lower my cholesterol, I thought I didn’t need to worry. Is that true? I’m trying to follow a healthy diet, but is there anything else I should do to lower my triglycerides?
A. Triglycerides, the most common type of fat in the body, come from fat in foods. But extra calories your body doesn’t use — such as those from sugar and alcohol — are also transformed into triglycerides. That’s why a healthy diet that limits sugar and refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and white rice) can help lower triglyceride levels. Minimizing alcohol also helps, as does exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
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