Causes of High Triglycerides - Important Factors
What are the possible causes of high triglycerides?
Oftentimes, there are little or no symptoms with high triglycerides until they reach a dangerous level. However, you typically hear about the dangers of having a high triglyceride level. While there are some factors that you can't have power over, such as your age, other factors are well within your control.
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In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
To begin with, triglyceride levels naturally increase as you age. There isn't a lot that you can do about aging, but having your levels checked on a regular basis can help you determine how much they are rising.
Age alone will not send them to harmful levels, but if other factors are involved, then your age can certainly have an impact on them. Because of this, it is important to take a natural, organic approach to your overall health when it comes to your triglyceride levels, and to focus on all of the different elements that could be affecting their levels.
In short, while age is not one of the causes of high triglycerides, per se, it is certainly a contributing factor.
Food and Diet
Diet is one of the main causes of high triglycerides. Dietary triglycerides are primarily found in animal and dairy food products. Overconsumption of such foods could thus contribute to elevated triglycerides.
Carbohydrates which are consumed but not used for energy are also converted by the body into triglycerides. Thus, a diet that has too much carbohydrates could also be contributing to elevated triglyceride levels.
Weight gain is also usually one of the main causes of high triglycerides, and is something that you can have control over. As your weight increases, your levels will increase as well.
Calories that derive from alcohol and sugar are some of the biggest culprits. Alcohol can increase your liver's production of triglycerides as well as decrease the amount of fat that your blood clears.
Foods that are high in fat not only add calories, but also increase your triglyceride levels, too. This includes dairy products and red meat.
Decreasing your calorie intake and increasing your level of activity is a good way to have control over your weight and make sure that your body maintains a healthy average.
Certain medications can also increase your triglyceride levels. Medications that might cause your levels to rise include steroids, diuretics, beta-blockers, estrogen, Tamoxifen, and birth control pills. Therefore, it is important to talk to your health care practitioner about any new medications that they might suggest for you, in order to find out if they might be causes of high triglycerides.
Other Health Conditions and Diseases
In addition to medication, some medical conditions are associated with high triglyceride levels, too. Medical conditions such as liver disease, hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), diabetes, and kidney disease can all be linked to high triglyceride levels, and are thus possible contributing factors or causes of high triglycerides.
For that reason, it is very important to control your diseases and medical conditions, especially diabetes. This might mean changing your diet in order to not only control your triglyceride levels, but also to manage your medical conditions as well.
Of course, sometimes, heredity factors play a part, too. There are some forms of high levels of triglycerides that run in families. When this occurs, in addition to high levels, you might also notice fatty deposits under your skin called xanthomas.
When genetics cause high triglyceride levels, it is important to keep your weight under control and to watch what you eat, so that other controllable factors do not raise your levels even more.
And that sums up the possible causes of high triglycerides. To learn more about this condition and how to deal with it naturally, read the other related triglycerides articles and pages.
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