Elevated Triglycerides - Related Conditions, Causes, Tips and Remedies
Here, you will learn a little about elevated triglycerides, including its possible causes, related conditions, as well as tips and remedies for reducing it.
The excess triglycerides in the blood plasma has a name - hypertriglyceridemia. It has been linked to coronary artery disease, hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls), which in turn becomes a factor for those susceptible to stroke; it may also be a consequence of other diseases.
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A note about Elevated Triglycerides - Related Conditions, Causes, Tips and Remedies
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Triglycerides are fats found in the blood that has been formed from unused and excess calories. They are stored in the thousands of fat cells found in the body and released by hormones for energy as needed. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, you may be at risk for elevated triglycerides, which can also be an indicator for other conditions.
Another risk of high triglycerides is metabolic syndrome, called so because it is a grouping of symptoms that almost always add up to the same thing. It includes such factors as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and increased triglycerides. Too much fat around the middle, high LDL cholesterol (unhealthy), as well as lower HDL (beneficial) cholesterol levels are also present with the syndrome.
Causes and Triggers
The common causes of high triglycerides are poorly controlled diabetes (can also be the reason for the elevated levels) and obesity. Other causes of elevated triglyceride levels are kidney disease and, though rare, it can be inherited. Estrogen replacement therapy may also be the culprit, as can certain medicines - steroids, diuretics, beta-blockers and birth control pills.
If you live a sedentary lifestyle and are overweight, you may be at risk for elevated triglycerides. This is particularly true if you take comfort in eating sugary or white flour carbohydrates, or are subject to drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Binge drinking (alcohol) and / or eating can cause spikes into dangerous levels, as well as lead to pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
In older persons, most particularly women, the link between low HDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides and heart disease is greater than in those younger.
Tips, Remedies and Healthy Habits
The greatest thing we can do for ourselves is healthy lifestyle choices. For those who are overweight, lose those excess pounds in an effort to lower triglycerides. Do some research on the benefits of lowering triglycerides. Most people do not realize what a difference the weight loss will make in energy levels and in causing a feeling of health and overall wellbeing.
Cut back on excess calories, as they will be readily converted and stored as fat. Do this by refraining from sugar and foods made with white flour, as they can increase triglycerides.
Choose healthy fats by trading saturated fat for monounsaturated fat - peanut, olive and / or canola oils. Substitute red meats for healthier fish choices for their essential omega 3 fatty acids. Alcohol is high in calories as well as sugar, and even a small amount can have a negative effect on triglycerides.
In trying to lower elevated triglycerides, exercise regularly by incorporating low impact aerobics, 30 to 45 minutes as many days of the week as possible, as this can boost HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels.
Take a brisk daily walk, swim laps, or find a bicycle club or weight loss group. Take a short walk if nothing else.
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