Learn about triglycerides and the ways of managing this condition. High triglycerides can be often managed with some lifestyle changes and enhanced dietary choices. Following, you can find some of the best articles concerning high triglycerides.
Triglycerides: A Seldom-Acknowledged Part of Lipids
Triglycerides (TG) are a less commonly known part of the lipid profile. The usual emphasis has been more on cholesteroland less on TG. A TG molecule is a combination of three molecules of fatty acids plus glycerides. It is the most common form of fat that humans digest.
TGs are a significant risk factor for coronary heart disease irrespective of so-called bad cholesterol/low density lipoprotein (LDL) and other established risk factors, especially in women. Similarly to elevated levels of fasting TGs, very high levels of non-fasting TGs may also increase the risk for coronary heart disease.
It is still uncertain whether TGs are an independent risk factor for heart disease. It seems to be clear that the risks for heart disease are amplified if high TGs are combined with high LDL and total cholesterol.
Reduce Triglycerides: 4 Incredibly Simple Ways
Many people ask me about methods for reducing triglycerides with diet. I love these kinds of questions because of two reasons: 1) I sincerely believe that prevention of a disease is much more important than managing it after it has already happened. We can save ourselves a lot of suffering if we start preventing disease early and improved public education can exactly do that. 2) I am also convinced that we as a society should decrease our medication consumption and emphasize more conservative managements, such as lifestyle changes including dietary improvements.
It is clear that medications are occasionally necessary for managing some conditions. However, in my experience, if the lifestyle changes happen early, then, the need for medications can be reduced, and if taking a medication is found to be really necessary, the dosage can be kept to a minimum.
Let’s go back and talk about triglycerides.
Lowering triglycerides with Fish Oil
Lowering low density lipoproteins (LDL-cholesterol) can significantly reduce the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. Many medications, including statins, have been reported in numerous studies to be very effective in lowering LDL-cholesterol.
Are you on a statin drug? I hope you know why you’ve been started on this drug. If not, you should discuss it with your physician at the next office visit.
Do you know the answer to the following question?
Which one of the followings is true?
- Statins lower HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)
- Statins lower LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)
- Statins lower blood sugar level
You will find the right answer to the above question at the bottom of this article.
Fish Oil: Take it or Stop it, that’s the Question
It is clear that there is considerable confusion about this topic. Do we have sufficient and robust data for or against taking fish oil? Should we stop taking or continue recommending fish oil consumption? That is the key question. It is easy to understand that people don’t want to waste their money and consume something without clear health benefits. Many studies are painting a very confusing picture about the benefits of fish oil to our health. That is why I have decided to research the benefits of fish oil in general.
Data supporting the consumption of fish oil (n-3 Fatty acids)
Carbohydrates, What You Should Know
Carbohydrates are one of the main parts of our daily food intake. They provide us with sugar and subsequently with energy. There is no question that we need energy and without it we can’t function, just as a car wouldn’t function without gas.
Discussions about carbohydrates (carbs) have been heated in recent years. Some people blame carbs for the increasing number of obese individuals. Large number of individuals in our society are hooked and addicted to carbs, primarily the sugary ones.
What are carbohydrates exactly? Are they really to blame for our society’s failure to manage obesity? This is an interesting but very broad discussion. Let us review some facts about carbs, first.
We have three kinds of carbs in our foods,
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H. L. Daneschvar, MD, FACP