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A 26-year-old male asked:

My triglycerides level are 386, ldl 169 my age is 26,sex male, please advise how to reduce it and are these levels too high for my body.

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
High: especially at your age. Triglycerides should be below 150 and LDL should be below 130 ideally a100. A low fat low cholesterol diet balanced diet, avoid fast food and junk food, and regular exercise.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 35 years experience
Many Considerations: First, identify the problem. Possible causes include both genetic (familial combined hyperlipidemia, familial hypertriglyceridemia, familial dysbetalipoproteinemia) and non-genetic (insulin resistance, type ii diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, chronic kidney disease, alcohol) issues.In addition to lifestyle changes, factors identified should be managed. Depending on respose medicine may be needed.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Lower trig and LDL.: Those numbers are certainly too high. Regular cardiovascular exercise, low saturated and trans fats in the diet. Avoid fried, deep fried and sauteed foods. When cooking, bake, broil or grill. High fiber - 50 grams daily in divided doses across smaller more frequent meals. Niacin and fish oil supplementation, 2000mg of each daily in divided doses.

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