You have visited the doctor and they informed you that your cholesterol is higher than they want it to be. You don’t have the first clue as to managing cholesterol and are told you have high triglyceride levels. What are triglycerides anyway?
Triglycerides are known as fatty acids. Your body produces fatty acids by transforming carbohydrates that you consume into energy by creating glucose. Once your body has all they glucose it needs, it is sent back to your liver and becomes triglycerides. Your body releases triglycerides between meals for energy.
Sometimes though, instead of being transferred to the liver, the triglycerides not stored as fat in your liver stay in your bloodstream. When this occurs, it can cause blockage in your blood by forming as sludge, which can increase the possibility of clotting or blockage. Clotting or blockage of your arteries can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Too many triglycerides in your system can form into Type II Diabetes. High triglyceride levels are often found in people that are overweight because the excess triglycerides store as body fat.
Some ways on how to lower your triglycerides are by eating a low carbohydrate diet. When you lower your carbohydrate intake it processes the carbohydrates and turns it into triglycerides (fats) instead of glucose.
Do not avoid fat in your diet. Fat found in meats and eggs are necessary for your body. You can take and Omega-3 fatty acid supplement with Vitamin C and combine it with you low carbohydrate diet to help reduce your triglyceride levels.
You can also exercise regularly, avoid sugared foods and alcohol. Alcohol is made from fermented sugar.
Eliminate trans-fats, and limit the cholesterol in your diet, as well as cut back on your calorie intake.
If a lifestyle change is not enough, your doctor may prescribe medications for you. Common medications are Niacin or Fibrates.
Niacin is a B vitamin which can be found in plants and animals. It is often put in vitamins and nutritional supplements. Some side effects of Niacin are flushing and dizziness. If you are taking Colestid or Questan or other versions of these resin medications for lowering your cholesterol, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take Niacin if you have stomach ulcers, active bleeding, or severe liver disease.
Lopid, generically known as Gemfibrozil, a fibrate medication, can be effective for lowering triglyceride levels, but not very effective for lowering your LDL cholesterol. The most common side effects of Fibrates are gastrointestinal problems.
Lowering triglycerides can take time. Talk to your doctor or care provider about your options.
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