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Triglycerides and Your Health

What Are Triglycerides and How Do You Improve Them?

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  • Thanks, Great Info!
  • Great information. Thanks for sharing!
  • important info ...I learned what to do to keep healthy
  • Thanks for sharing.
  • I've never given much thought about triglycerides for some obscure reason I can't imagine why not...however reading both chicken fat and steak fat are used or recognized by our bodies as triglyceride i.e. fats it took me aback. Think maybe it's time to rethink of more than carb, starch, fiber, fruit, veggie, sugar etc.! Hmmm good food for thought. 😑
  • thank you for the info
  • ABCOACH
    I'm a health coach and while this article is informative, it does have some errors. The author writes - "Avoid sugar and fast-digesting carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates (like white flour) and sugars in any form (sugar, corn syrup, natural sweeteners, honey, etc.) are more likely to be stored as fat (triglycerides), especially if eaten in excess. Limit your intake of added sugars and make sure that you're not overeating carbs, which should make up no more than 60% of your total calories each day. When making carbohydrate choices, choose fiber-rich, unprocessed foods as much as possible, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. These are slower-digesting and less likely to be stored as fat when compared to other carbohydrate sources." While it's great advice to avoid processed sugars and grains, it doesn't makes sense that slower-digesting carbs would be less likely to be stored as fat when compared to other "fast-acting" or higher glycemic foods. If glycogen stores are full in the muscles and liver, it doesn't matter if CHO are fast or slow acting, they will still be stored as fat.
  • This article, while full of excellent--and accurate--information, is incomplete. There are certain prescription medications such as hormonal birth control, steroids, beta blockers, anti-psychotics and even blood pressure medications that can elevate triglycerides. While all the author's advice for lowering your triglyceride levels are absolutely reasonable, one should also consider the potential for factors which might require close consultation with your physician.
  • My husband has had triglycerides problems for years and its a constant yoyo. He cant take statins that causes body aches. He has tried fish oil and is currently taking prescription. Latest results this week was trig back up to 1591. It has been determined its hereditary and been going on for at least 10 years. I need a diet plan to follow. He is a country boy and likes country foods. Eats several fruits and vegetables a day and no or very limited alcohol. ( maybe a case a year, if that) Please help
  • MRCMDT
    Good advice since heart problems run in my family/
  • JMONTIE
    Very informative.
  • ISLAYY
    My triglycerides count is 2.36 mmol/L. How do I convert this number to correspond with the number in your article?
  • BG2YHEART
    Yes, there have been five clinical trials whose subgroup (high TGs) analyses have all shown an outcome benefit (fewer heart attacks, strokes, etc.) when high TGs are lowered medically. Vascepa is effective in lowering TG levels and has a good safety profile, notably better than fenofibrates. Its manufacturer should be permitted to inform those 36 million high TG patients, and their doctors and insurers, of the ANCHOR trial data, and to market Vascepa for the high TG indication. Only then will these patients, in consultation with their doctors, be able to make informed decisions whether to use Vascepa to lower their high TGs.
  • CMM3RD
    I echo ZMANINMD's comment about the relatively new drug Vascepa. If your TGs are over 200 and persist above that level after you have tried diet and exercise, do a little research on Vascepa and then ask your doctor (who may never have heard of it because it is new and its manufacturer is a small company), to consider whether you should try it. It's a highly purified Omega 3 called EPA, which stands for Eicosapentanoic Acid Ethyl Ester. Multiple clinical trials showed it to be effective in lowering elevated TGs, and it also lowers some markers of systemic inflammation. Even better is that it is very safe, in particular it does not, unlike the older drug Lovaza, which your doctor probably has heard of, raise LDLc ("bad" cholesterol) and it has no "black box" warning of an association with atrial fibrillation. Also, in one trial, in addition to lowering elevated TGs, it actually raised HDLc ("good" cholesterol) slightly. The FDA approved it in 2012. Good luck!
  • CHICAGO471
    I just love this site each moring when i get up , the first thing i do is check my sparks . i love all the different receipes & have tryed quite a few . just love all the info & different sites that i can check out thank you so much. job well done. i espically love that the receipes have all the calories , etc listed

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