12 Diet Questions Answered
Lower TriglyceridesMy triglycerides were high at my last checkup. How can I lower them?
Triglycerides are simply a form of fat. "They are as important as high cholesterol [another type of fat] in women," says Noel Bairey Merz, MD, medical director of the Women's Health Program and Preventive Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Left unregulated, these fats can contribute to atherosclerosis, a condition in which artery walls become thicker and less elastic. When a blood test indicates that triglyceride levels are high (over 150 mg/dl), it's a tip-off that they're hovering in the bloodstream instead of being stored in the body for energy. Losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking and exercising regularly can all help lower triglyceride levels.
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