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Triglycerides and Your Health

What Are Triglycerides and How Do You Improve Them?

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  • Time to update this article. One no longer has to fast prior to having the blood test for lipid panel. The lab just asks when you last ate......
  • I've read this in the past, but got more insight as I begin to understand more about my health and how my body works.
  • Really insightful, thank you!
  • It's not surprising that it all goes back to our eating and exercising. Thank you, SparkFriend!
  • Excellent information thank you!
  • Great information. Thanks for sharing!
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  • 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.

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