04 Feb Cholesterol – Triglycerides specifically!
What are Triglycerides
Triglycerides are a normal substance found in the bloodstream and necessary for life. It provides fuel needed for body cells to function. Too many triglycerides floating in the bloodstream increases your chances of heart disease, stroke and pancreatitis. Blood levels less than 150 mg/dL is optimal.
Causes of High Triglycerides
Cause of high triglycerides are: 1) excessive refined carbohydrate intake, 2) lack of exercise, 3) uncontrolled diabetes, 4) excessive alcohol consumption, 5) hypothyroidism, gout, Lupus; 6) cholesterol lowering drugs or estrogens and 7) fasting.
How to Reduce Triglycerides Levels
Ways to reduce triglycerides include: 1) limit concentrated sugars like candy, juices that are not 100% fruit juice, table sugar, corn syrup, honey and sodas; 2) limit alcohol to 1 drink per day for women or 2 drinks per day for men (don’t queue your drinks up for the weekend! It doesn’t work like that LOL); and 3) limit red meat (no need to avoid unless deemed medically necessary by a health professional). Opt for the lean cuts (chuck, round, rump, sirloin, cubed, flank, porterhouse, T-bone, tenderloin, 90% or leaner ground beef or ground turkey). Finally, increase cardio exercise.
In a Nutshell
Know your numbers! Get blood work annually and discuss results with your physician!