Triglycerides sound like some chemical circulating anywhere, other than in a body, it is a lipid that circulates in the bloodstream of a human body, in case you don’t understand, or never heard of it before, I have written an article to explain what triglycerides are.
What are Triglycerides?
It is part of a substance in your body, we all know about cholesterol, but triglycerides get far less publicity. Like bad cholesterol high levels of triglycerides can spell disaster, but they can be checked with a blood test.
In fact, they’re the most common type of fat found in your blood and an important source of energy, it is a type of fat found in your blood, but having too many of them could make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
When you eat, your body uses the calories in food to give it energy. Any calories it doesn’t need are turned into triglycerides and stored in fat cells so they can be used later.
What causes high triglycerides?
If you make a habit of eating more calories than you burn off, the amount of triglycerides stored in your body can increase to a high level that may be harmful.
Other causes are:
Drinking a lot of alcohol
Have an under-active thyroid
Having untreated or poorly controlled type 2 diabetes
Side effect of certain medications, including steroids, beta-blockers, breast cancer drug Tamoxifen and the pill
Also, it could be a genetic condition.
Often you don’t know you have high triglycerides levels as they don’t usually cause symptoms.
However if you have any of the above problems, there is a good chance you may have high levels.
You can have a blood test taken after you have gone without food for at least 12 hours, the same as they use to measure cholesterol levels.
The Difference Between High Triglycerides and High Cholesterol
They are both fats found in your blood but while triglycerides give for body energy, cholesterol is used to build cells. Neither of them can dissolve in your blood, so they spend their time traveling around your body and can cause problems if there are too many of them.
High levels of both are considered signs you may be at the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
How Can You Lower Your Triglycerides Levels
The most important things you can do is make lifestyle changes. Cut down on calories. Exercise regularity. Lose weight. Give sugary and refined foods a miss. Opt for healthy fats, like those found in olive or canola oils. Don’t cut fats out of your diet completely.
Cut back on drinking, there’s a link between alcohol and high triglycerides levels.
Try suitable nutritional supplements. If you don’t eat very much fish, a fish oil supplement can help supply all important omega 3 fatty acids. Meanwhile vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been shown in some studies to lower triglycerides levels by as much as 50%.
If you find you are unable to improve your triglycerides levels by changing your lifestyle, your doctor may wish to prescribe medication to try and lower them.
Let’s look after our body and keep our heart beating.