(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to the concern on high triglycerides of Koala K)

Dear Koala K.,

Now, moving on to more help to temper your high triglycerides...

6. Limit alcohol

Excessive drinking can raise your triglycerides – which means you are getting more than one drink a day if you are a woman and two drinks a day, if you are a man. As a matter of fact, for some people, even just small amounts of alcohol can raise their triglycerides.

7. Say NO to sweets

Softdrinks and other sweet drinks are loaded with fructose, which raises your triglycerides in a snap of a finger. You can still enjoy that drink though. But, be sure not to load more than three 12-ounce soft drinks.

8. Lose those fats

Fats, especially around the waist, raise your triglycerides. So, try to lose them.

9. Move, move, move....

If you are on the heavy side, start regular workouts for 30 minutes five days a week. This can lower your triglycerides by 20% to 30%.

10. See your physician

Your doctor can check your triglyceride level and other health-related problems like kidney disease, a slow thyroid gland, diabetes, and obesity.

Below is the range of triglyceride levels:

Normal - Less than 150 mg/dL

Borderline - 150-199 mg/dL

High - 200-499 mg/dL

Very high - 500mg/dL and up

11. Medicines can help

If you have already changed your lifestyle, but, still your triglyceride level is still high, then, prescription medicines can help. Fibrates, niacin, statins, and high-dose fish oil can help. It is up to your doctor to choose the best for you.

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She is the co-host of the digital page of Superbalita. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/oSunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building 1, Juan Luna St., Davao City, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)