How to Lower Triglycerides

by Jodee on February 20, 2009

If you want to lower your risk of developing heart disease, keeping your triglyceride levels down is important. When you have high triglyceride levels in your bloodstream, the risk of coronary blockage increases.

Definition of Triglycerides

The term “triglycerides” refers to fatty deposits that are stored in the body. When you eat carbohydrates, the body turns them into glucose, which is food for your body’s cells. The cells use the glucose for energy, and any excess amount of glucose is returned back to the liver, where it is turned into glycogen. The glycogen is stored in your body’s muscles.

When your body has reached its upper limit of glycogen, any excess amount goes back your liver. At this point, the glycogen becomes triglycerides, and it is stored in the body as fat. Some of the triglycerides remain in the bloodstream, and this can be problematic.

High Triglyceride Levels

When the triglyceride levels in the bloodstream are too high, the blood becomes thicker than normal. This thickened blood is more likely to clot or block the coronary arteries, which may cause either a heart attack or a stroke. Keeping your triglyceride levels down is one of the keys to preventing heart disease.

While it is important to keep your cholesterol levels at an acceptable level, triglyceride levels are also crucial. If you are unfortunate enough to have high cholesterol and high triglycerides, then your chances of developing heart disease greatly increase.

The diet you choose to follow directly affects your triglyceride levels. Your goal should be to keep a close eye on anything that your body will convert to glucose when you eat it. Many popular diets that people are following these days are low carbohydrate ones, and following one of them will lower your body’s triglyceride levels.

In addition to limiting your carbohydrate intake, you should also avoid eating a lot of sugar. Sugar is another substance that your body will convert into glucose (and eventually triglycerides) when you eat it.

Making a point of consuming Omega 3 fatty acids if you want to lower your triglyceride levels. Vitamin C will also help to keep the levels down.

If you combine these two supplements with a low-carbohydrate diet, you will be well on your way to keeping your triglyceride levels down.

Take great care that you don’t try to eliminate all fat in your diet. You need to consume a certain amount of fat in order to stay healthy. Plan to include natural animal fat (found in eggs and butter) in your diet. The kind of fat in fast food, margarine, and processed foods is the type you want to avoid.

Your triglyceride levels can be checked when you see your doctor for a checkup. A blood test will give you and your doctor an idea of whether your triglyceride levels are too high. If your triglyceride levels are under 199mg/dL, that is considered normal. Keep in mind that these levels should be kept as low as possible for optimal health.

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