Weight, Triglycerides and Your Health

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Is there a relationship between weight, triglycerides and our wellbeing?
Most doctors, advertisements and people talk about the importance of lowering their cholesterol. But few people know the importance of keeping triglycerides to a minimum.
Elevated triglyceride levels are associated with a myriad of illnesses. The risks of stroke and heart disease top the list of chronic illnesses. And then, there is the metabolic syndrome, obesity and high blood sugar.

Either way physicians measure it too many triglycerides are not a good thing. Certain physical experts associate high triglycerides as an indicator of a host of other medical conditions: hypothyroidism (insufficient levels of thyroid), kidney disease, poorly controlled diabetes and liver disease. Not to mention, high triglycerides have been shown to trigger unusual genetic conditions.

To keep triglycerides below the radar, use these healthy tips:

Caloric reduction.
Because extraneous calories are converted into triglycerides, they are amassed as fat. Lowering daily caloric intake represents a decrease in triglycerides.

Make healthier food decisions.
Instead of eating food high in saturated fat, substitute foods with monounsaturated fat. Instead of cooking with margarine, butter and vegetable oil, replace them with monounsaturated such as canola, peanut and olive oils.

Trim the fat.
Being a few pounds overweight can heighten triglyceride levels. Shedding just a few pounds of weight can help decrease triglycerides. For weight loss inspiration, concentrate on the overall health advantages of trimming the fat.

Watch cholesterol intake.
For a healthier diet, restrict cholesterol intake to less than 275 milligrams a day. Case and point, foods with the highest concentration of cholesterol include: egg yolks, organ meats (liver, intestines, heart) and whole milk products.