Mountain Dew does not cause high cholesterol and triglycerides.
What Causes High Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels?
* Hereditary factors are the most common cause.
* A diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol increases cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
* Other disorders, such as diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, and hypothyroidism, may increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
* Certain drugs, such as estrogen, corticosteroids, retinoids, protease inhibitors, thiazide diuretics, and beta-blockers, may increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
* Obesity increases the risk of high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
* Chronic, excessive alcohol use increases the risk of high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
To help you control your cholesterol and triglycerides:
* Underlying causes of the disorder, such as diabetes and hypothyroidism, should be treated.
* Lifestyle changes, including eating a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, can have a great impact on high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Other dietary measures include the use of foods that contain plant stanols and sterols, which are added to certain margarines and salad dressings, and foods rich in soluble fiber, such as cereal grains, legumes, and many fruits and vegetables.
* Weight loss is the most effective way to lower triglyceride levels.
* Quitting smoking and exercising may raise levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
* Medications specifically designed to reduce blood cholesterol levels, such as bile acid sequestrants (cholestyramine, colestipol, and coesevelam), statins (lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, and rosuvastatin), or niacin, may be prescribed when dietary modifications prove inadequate.
* Statins, niacin, or fibrates (gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) can be used to lower triglyceride levels when lifestyle measures fail to produce adequate results. Hypertriglyceridemia often requires treatment with a combination of a fibrate and a statin.
* In rare patients with extremely high cholesterol levels (familial hypercholesterolemia), repeated removal of blood plasma (plasmapheresis) may be recommended to lower blood cholesterol levels.
* Most people require long-term, even lifelong, treatment of hyperlipidemia with both lifestyle measures and medications.