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Triglycerides

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are another form of circulating fatty substance that, when elevated, are also associated with heart attacks and strokes. They are the end product of digesting and breaking down fats in meals. Some triglycerides are made in the body from other energy sources such as carbohydrates.

Adequate levels of triglycerides are essential as they contribute to the structure of cell membranes in your body. However, excess calorie intake, will be converted by your body into triglycerides. The triglycerides are then stored in your fat cells.

Common causes of elevated triglyceride levels include genetic predisposition, obesity, diabetes, bad dietary intake, various medications and lack of physical activity.

When coupled with lifestyle changes, dietary changes can lower high triglycerides by as much as 20%. These dietary changes involve the following:

  • Control you total caloric intake
  • Reduce your total fat intake, if excessive
  • Reduce levels of saturated fat in you foods, and replacement of some saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. You can do so by reading food labels
  • Increase your intake of food high in omega-3, such as salmon, nuts and flaxseeds
  • Manage your weight