When I get my blood tested for cholesterol levels I notice the report always shows my triglycerides. I always wondered what exactly what these are and how do they effect my blood and heart. I found this article by James Brunton that explains what triglycerides are and how to lower triglyceride levels in your blood if they are too high.
Triglycerides - what are they?
Triglycerides are a kind of fat found in your blood and
food. Your liver makes them if you eat more calories than
you need and when you have a drink of alcohol.
Chemically speaking, they are three fat molecules, hence
the tri-, joined on to a molecule of glycerol. So, your
liver takes all the excess calories, glucose and so on out
of your blood and forms molecules of triglyceride.
Then it sends the triglycerides out into your body to store
as fat. When you need more energy your body turns the fat
back into glucose.
It's a balance thing. One day you eat more calories than
you need and your liver takes care of them by making
triglycerides and storing them. Another day, you need more
energy than you've eaten; your body breaks down the
triglycerides to form glucose. And glucose is your energy
to be burned in your brain, muscles and the rest of your
In an ideal life that would be the end of it. But, whose
life is ideal? Certainly not mine. And maybe not yours
Some people drink rather too much alcohol, while others eat
more than they really need. The result? Overweight and
The story doesn't end there, either. Meats, dairy products
and cooking oils have triglycerides in them too. So, we get
ready-made triglycerides from our food to add to the ones
we make ourselves. The blood levels go up right after a
And to top it all, triglycerides go round your body in the
same system as cholesterol. Your blood fat levels go up,
and if they're not controlled, you can end up with a heart
attack or worse!
Get your triglycerides down by controlling your weight. Eat
a diet low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.
Cut down on the refined sugar, and limit your alcohol
consumption to one or two measures a day. Avoid large
amounts of carbohydrates and processed foods.
Oh! And get some regular exercise.
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I hope you enjoyed the article. Maybe if I keep looking around I can find an article on heart disease information and heart disease symptoms. The answer it always seems for lowering cholesterol levels by natural means is exercise and diet. I always wonder about the long term effects of Lipitor. Then again it is better than having a plugged up heart.