In short, having high triglycerides increases your risk of heart disease.
Like cholesterol, triglycerides
are a type of fat. They are designed to be a storage system. When we
eat, excess calories are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat
cells. When the body needs energy it taps into this storage system.
However, too much of a good thing is… well… not very good. Elevated triglycerides are associated with a number of very serious conditions including…
Of course all of these conditions are related. Elevated triglycerides promote the development of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis (the buildup of plaque in blood vessels) is the foundation of coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD is the number one killer of men and women in many countries often resulting in the other conditions mentioned above.
High triglycerides are serious because coronary heart disease is serious.
The bad news can be rather bad. Don’t neglect your triglyceride levels. But there is a silver lining. That is…
Triglycerides are affected by what we do.
If your triglycerides get very high there is medication your doctor can
prescribe for you including some cholesterol lowering medications.
Examples might include fibrates and nicotinic acids.
But before that happens you can adjust your lifestyle. For most people lifestyle modifications are very effective. For example…
If you smoke please quit. Smoking has many negative ramifications for all areas of health. In particular smoking promotes atherosclerosis and therefore coronary heart disease. It may not affect your triglycerides directly but avoiding CHD is the main goal we want to achieve.
Get some exercise. Moderate exercise can bring down your triglycerides and have a very positive effect on coronary heart disease reversal.
If you are overweight then losing the extra pounds can help bring down your triglyceride levels.
Closely associated with weight loss is consuming less calories. As mentioned, excess calories are converted into triglycerides for storage in fat cells. By not consuming excess calories less triglycerides are created.
The types of food you consume also affect triglyceride conversion. You can see more details on foods to avoid as well as a good diet to lower triglycerides in other sections of this website. But here is a quick reference…
Here’s a question for you…
Are you sick and tired of just not
Are there health issues – in addition to your heart health – that concern you? Like…
Anxiety? Or not sleeping well? Or joint pain? Or low energy? Or poor digestion? Or weight gain? Or stress? Why do so many people suffer from these symptoms and others? Those nagging health issues that seem so difficult to define.
Did you know that these health problems – as well as more serious chronic diseases – can be the result of …
Many people have come to realize this and have made changes to recapture their health. We have a great – FREE – resource we want you to have. Simply click the link below.
Start by taking your high triglycerides seriously. Just because you
can’t feel them does not mean everything is alright. Heart disease does
not develop overnight. Reversing the damage takes time. Every bit of
progress is worth the effort.
Read the sections on foods to avoid and a good diet to lower triglycerides. Change your diet and other habits that keep your triglycerides high. For more info you can go to the main triglycerides page.
Study the pages on Omega-3 listed above. Or go to the main Omega-3 page and read everything on the topic. But by all means…
Just do it.
Optimal Heart Health is worth the effort.
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A Challenge For You!
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