How to Lower Triglycerides Naturally

  • Medical Author:
    Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM

    Dr. Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM, is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine. Dr. Guarneri is president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and serves as Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Health System for the Center for Well Being and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Guarneri is founder and director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. and Taylor Academy for Integrative Medicine Education and Research located at Pacific Pearl La Jolla in La Jolla, CA.

  • Medical Author: Erica Oberg, ND, MPH
    Erica Oberg, ND, MPH

    Dr. Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado, her doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University, and a masters of public health (MPH) in health services research from the University of Washington. She completed her residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in ambulatory primary care and fellowship training at the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Washington.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

How to Lower Triglycerides Naturally: Mediterranean Diet

Eating a Mediterranean diet is not really dieting at all, but eating a variety of fresh foods that taste good and prevent obesity and its health consequences. The Mediterranean diet has been around for over 50 years, and its benefits continue to become apparent. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet range from a lower risk of:

  • heart disease,
  • certain cancers,
  • diabetes,
  • Alzheimer's,
  • osteoporosis,
  • and stroke;
  • lower blood pressure and LDL levels;
  • improved brain function,
  • eye health, and fertility;
  • healthy body weight; and
  • increased life span.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are particles in the blood that transport fat. They come from excess sugar (refined carbohydrate) and fat intake in the diet and can also be made in the liver. Triglycerides are converted into energy in the body; for example, to fuel muscles. If a person doesn't use their muscles after eating, the excess triglycerides will be stored as fat or in the liver. High levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream are a risk factor for heart disease and stroke as well as obesity. High triglycerides are associated with more that a 70% increased risk of coronary heart disease. High triglycerides are especially significant risk factors for people with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Causes of high blood triglycerides include genetics, obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high-carbohydrate and/or high-fat diet, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, hypothyroidism, renal disease, and medications such as beta- blockers, thiazide diuretics, glucocorticosteroids, anabolic steroids, and some HIV medications.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/20/2016

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