Understanding Triglycerides | Nucleus Health

by birtanpublished on September 3, 2020

you or someone you know may have been diagnosed with high triglycerides this video will show you what they are and how their levels are measured high triglycerides can have harmful effects on your body triglycerides are a type of

Fat or lipid found in your blood your body uses triglycerides for energy one place triglycerides come from is your liver another is from the food you eat foods that may raise your triglycerides

Include fatty foods such as hot dogs and tropical oils refined carbohydrates such as french fries foods high in simple sugars such as Donuts and alcohol so how do triglycerides get to the cells that need them triglycerides in food are

Digested and eventually reach your liver in the liver both the triglycerides from your food and those made in your liver are packaged together with proteins each resulting molecule is called a lipoprotein

The lipoproteins travel throughout the body in your bloodstream they deliver triglycerides to your cells which use them for energy or if you have more than you need fat cells store the triglycerides as body

Fat if you are twenty years of age or older the National Institutes of Health recommends you have a blood test every five years the test is called a fasting lipoprotein profile during

This test a blood sample will be taken from your arm after you have not eaten for nine to twelve hours this blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range for most people fasting triglycerides should be

Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter 500 or higher puts you into the very high range this means there is too much fat in your blood very high triglycerides can increase your risk of pancreatitis and other

Cardiovascular events like heart disease ask your doctor what your triglyceride level should be in many cases lifestyle changes can help maintain healthy triglyceride levels these changes include eating a diet low

In sweets refined carbohydrates and alcohol getting regular exercise managing your weight and not smoking medications can also help treat impaired triglyceride levels if your doctor

Prescribed medication to treat high triglycerides it is important to take it as directed and report any side effects you may have

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