How do you control triglycerides without medications?


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Losing weight, eating fewer calories, limiting alcohol and high-sugar and carbohydrate foods, and increasing activity levels are effective ways to control triglyceride levels without medications, according to WebMD. Limiting saturated and trans fats and quitting smoking are also recommended as is eating oily fish twice weekly.

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Because triglycerides are stored as fat in muscles and tissues and excess calories are converted to triglycerides, maintaining a healthy weight through diet and lifestyle change is an effective way to control high triglyceride levels naturally, explains WebMD. Moderate intensity exercise performed for at least 2 1/2 hours a week, coupled with a minimum of two servings per week of omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and lake trout, are also recommended.

Because over-the-counter fish oil capsules can have significant side effects, most doctors recommend eating multiple servings of fish a week rather than taking fish oil supplements, states WebMD. Fish oil capsules can cause belching, nausea, diarrhea and a fishy taste in the mouth. Consuming large amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can reduce the ability of the blood to clot normally. Some suggested doses of fish oil can add more than 200 calories a day to the diet.

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