What is the initial treatment for hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Patients first should be treated for the metabolic condition that is causing or exacerbating their hyperlipidemia. If diabetes is present, glucose levels and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) should be normalized with treatment that meets or exceeds the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), if possible. If hypothyroidism is diagnosed, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) should be normalized.


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