What are triglycerides?

Another common question about cholesterol is “What are triglycerides?”

Triglycerides are another form of fat in your bloodstream. Persons with high blood-triglyceride levels have an increased risk of heart disease. Certain diseases, such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease and lupus can cause the liver to over-produce triglycerides.

Obesity, generally caused as a result of a diet rich in concentrated sweets and fats can also lead to high levels of triglycerides. Moreover, people who take regular exercise seem to have lower levels of this particular kind of cholesterol than people who do no exercise.

In order to keep your triglycerides at acceptable levels without the use of drug therapy, there are several measures that can be taken, such as:

  • Reduce weight
  • Reduce the amount of sweets (simple sugars and even fruit juice)
  • Reduce your daily intake of fat and cholesterol
  • Take regular exercise
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Control with your doctor weather you have diabetes, kidney, liver or thyroid disease.
  • All of these measures should have an impact on your triglyceride levels. However, please consult your doctor before initiating an exercise program.

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