TriGlycerides- The Good, The Bad and Prevention
“Awareness is like Sun.When it shines on people they are Transformed”
Health coaching is relatively new in our country as for us preventive healthcare is only Insurance and not preventing diseases. As a health coach I repeat this many times because there is a lack of awareness. We all seek solutions to our health issues but we don’t realize that we could prevent most of them when the body shows the first signs. Information is the key. Hence my blogs are focused on creating the awareness required for today’s society keeping the lifestyle in mind.
Triglycerides over the years have become a household word. Most of the times its mis-understood for cholesterol.Difference between triglycerides and cholesterol has to be cleared even before we think of prevention.
Triglycerides and cholesterol are lipids or fats that circulate in the blood stream with the help of lipoproteins. The major difference between triglycerides and cholesterol is that triglycerides are burned to create energy while cholesterol is used to build cells and certain hormones. Cholesterol are builders inside the body. Triglycerides are broken down by the body. Both triglycerides and cholesterol are manufactured in the body; however, the body produces as much cholesterol as it needs on its own. The body relies on food consumption to create triglycerides.Triglycerides can be stored in the liver or sent to the rest of the body to be stored intramuscularly.Cholesterol helps build sex hormones. In females, these hormones are estrogen and progesterone and in males, testosterone. Cholesterol also helps produce the stress hormone cortisol in both men and women. Cholesterol builds the fat-soluble vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. It also supports the production of bile, which is a substance used to help digest fats and absorb vitamins A, D, K and E.
High levels of both can lead to cardio vascular diseases.Now that we know the difference we need to know how to these levels get high and how to reduce the levels.
- blood triglycerides are in our control and when its high we can reduce it naturally.
- by just taking the lipid-lowering prescription drugs, we are not going to get very far.
Why? Because, if you choose to take a drug to reduce your high blood-triglycerides, then 95 percent of the times you will be promoting disease rather than our health.
It has been known to nutritionists for years that the natural, nutritional approach to high triglycerides compared to standard medical treatments is clearly a superior, and most importantly, safe and effective option.According to nutritional and medical studies, people with high blood triglycerides do benefit from nutritional supplements.
Lets change the way we look at it, if the right building blocks are present in the body, in the right amounts and at the right time, the body will respond positively. So, by lowering elevated blood triglycerides naturally, you will be solving the root cause of the problem rather than taking a medication which is for life long.Therefore, you should make it your priority to keep triglycerides at bay the nutritional way – without the need for risky pharmaceutical drugs with multiple side effects.
How much is high triglyceride?A simple blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range.
Normal — Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or less than 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L)
Borderline high — 150 to 199 mg/dL (1.8 to 2.2 mmol/L)
High — 200 to 499 mg/dL (2.3 to 5.6 mmol/L)
Very high — 500 mg/dL or above (5.7 mmol/L or above)
What does high triglycerides do?
High triglycerides are often a sign of other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Lifestyle though the main cause of triglycerides some people have high triglycerides because they inherited a genetic predisposition from their parents. To lower the triglycerides level Healthy lifestyle choices are key.
- Lose weight. If you’re overweight!
- Cut back on calories: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 and foods made with white flour, can increase triglycerides.
- Limit the cholesterol in your diet.:no more than 300 (mg) of cholesterol a day
- Choose healthier fats
- Eliminate trans fat.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink.
- Exercise regularly.
Increasing your intake of omega 3s also have found to be lowering the triglyceride levels.
Make healthier choices in life to prevent high levels of triglycerides.