Article By Wayne Large

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipids) found in your blood. When we eat excess calories we don’t need the body converts these excess calories into triglycerides. Hormones in the body signal triglycerides to be used in between meals. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly "easy" calories like carbohydrates and fats you may have high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).

Most people know that keeping an eye on their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, is a good thing to do. However you should also keep an eye on your triglycerides. Having a high level of triglycerides, (lipids) in your blood, can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. The thing is most make the mistake of thinking this is something to worry about when they get older.

Statistics from the Department Of Health

25 per cent of strokes occur in people who are under the age of 65

20–30 per cent of people who have a stroke die within a month of having a Stroke.

153 people under the age of 35 died from a stroke in the UK

What's considered normal?

A simple blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range. Normal — Less than 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) Borderline high — 1.8 to 2.2 mmol/L High — 2.3 to 5.6 mmol/L Very high — 5.7 mmol/L or above

Why should you be concerned about triglycerides?

High triglycerides may contribute to hardening of the arteries or thickening of the artery walls known as atherosclerosis, increasing the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. But that’s not all extremely high triglycerides, for example, levels above 11.29 mmol/L, can also cause acute pancreatitis.  High triglycerides are often a sign that of other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well. Such as obesity and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a name given to a series of factors such as too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.  In a lot of cases high triglycerides are a sign of poor controlled type 2 diabetes. All these factors can result in low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism), liver or kidney disease, amongst may other issues. High triglycerides could also be a side effect of taking medications such as beta-blockers, birth control pills, diuretics or steroids.  At Absolute Training and Nutrition we offer a FREE metabolic syndrome test. We will test your Blood pressure, waist measurement, triglyceride, glucose and cholesterol. And give you a full report.  What's the best way to lower triglycerides?  Lose weight. If you're overweight, losing 5 to 10 pounds can help lower your triglycerides. Watch the amount of calories your taking in. Remember that extra calories are converted to triglycerides and stored as fat. Reducing your calories will reduce triglycerides. Avoid sugary and refined foods. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar , processed foods and foods made with white flour, can increase triglycerides. Choose healthier fats. Such as extra virgin olive, coconut oil, eat better fatty foods like oily fish and eggs. Eat leaner meats like chicken and turkey. Limit how much alcohol you drink. Alcohol is high in calories and sugar and has a particularly potent effect on triglycerides. Even small amounts of alcohol can raise triglyceride levels. Exercise regularly. Exercise in a way that increases heart rate. Lift weights as your body will burn more calories using weights. Yes women you too, you really should be lifting weights for good female health. Regular exercise can lower triglycerides. Sitting for long periods of time is not good for muscles, metabolism or health. Basically move more eat well. And don’t forget to contact us about a free metabolic syndrome test.

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