Treating high cholesterol and/or triglycerides with medication
Treating high cholesterol and/or triglycerides with medication is something you need to discuss with your doctor. Sometimes healthy lifestyle changes may not be able to reduce high cholesterol and/or triglycerides sufficiently. In this case, medications prescribed by your doctor can play a role. They are generally aimed at lowering high cholesterol in the first instance, and they also help to control triglyceride levels. These medications include:
- Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
- Bile acid sequestrants
- Niacin, or nicotinic acid
- Omega-3 fatty acid
It is important to always take the medications as prescribed, see your doctor about any side effects, and continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Your Next Steps
In summary, you have just learnt that high cholesterol levels, elevated triglycerides, and other risk factors (obesity, blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, low physical activity, unhealthy diet and excessive alcohol consumption etc) can be modified and improved upon by making positive choices to your lifestyle. To assist you in monitoring and maintaining your progress, utilise this goals template. Remember, high triglycerides – a result, in most cases, from consuming more calories than the body can burn – may be linked to an increased risk of conditions such as heart disease. Making healthy choices about food, exercise and weight can help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Sometimes medication may be recommended by your doctor to help control your lipid levels. If you require further information about the topics discussed on this web site, here are some useful links:
- Australian Diabetes Council (Diabetes Facts web-page)
- Better Health Channel (Triglycerides web-page)
- Diabetes Australia (Diabetes and Cholesterol web-page)
- Heart Foundation (Home page)
- Australian Dietary Guidelines
If you have any concerns regarding your general health or your blood lipid levels, including your triglyceride levels, please discuss it further with your doctor.