TriglyceridesTriglycerides, like cholesterol, are a type of fat found in the bloodstream. The human body needs a certain amount for normal functioning, but too high a level can have ill effects. Triglycerides can be produced by the body or ingested in the foods we eat. Dietary triglycerides come mostly from eating animal products and saturated fat.
Measuring Your Triglycerides
The National Cholesterol Education Program has presented goal Serum Triglycerides levels, which are as follows:
Serum Triglycerides (mg/dl)
Your physician can get your triglyceride levels through a test known as a lipid profile, which will also measure your total cholesterol, ldl-cholesterol and hdl-cholesterol levels. This is a fasting test that will require no foods for 8-12 hours prior to the test.
A couple of numbers seem to useful indicators of potential heart disease, triglyceride level and the triglyceride/HDL cholesterol ratio. Either elevated triglycerides or a tri/hdl ratio greater than 2 bear watching.
Lowering your Triglycerides
If you have started a plan to decrease your cholesterol levels, you are also working on your triglyceride levels at the same time. Do things like stop smoking, avoid high fat food like red meats, fried foods, dairy products and sugars, and exercise regularly. There are also supplements which will help, including niacin, fish oil, policosanol or fiber supplements.
Should these not work, there are other alternatives. Some prescription drugs aimed at lowering cholesterol can also help reduce triglyceride levels. Your physician will guide you here, but a natural approach is probably better if possible.
Lower-Your-Cholesterol.net is not dispensing medical advice. Questions about your own cholesterol levels should be addressed to your physician.
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