How to Lower Triglycerides

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Triglyceride levels should be less than 150, and these levels should be considered in relation to reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart attacks. Discover how bad cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular disease with help from a board-certified medical doctor in this free video on lowering triglycerides.

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Hi, I'm Doctor Margaret Collins-Hill with Consults in Hypertension in Wilmington, North Carolina. The question this evening is how to lower triglycerides. When you have your triglycerides measured by your doctor, he or she will ask you to fast because immediately after eating your triglyceride levels may be very high. Triglycerides definitely are put in to the pot of bad cholesterol, and are considered when you're thinking about reducing your risk of atherosclerosis which cause heart attacks, strokes and other vessel diseases. To be fair, however, the data supporting lowering triglycerides is a little more shaky. Triglycerides, ideally are less than a hundred and fifty. And generally, at the level of two hundred and above, they are treated with medication. There are certain inherited disorders where triglycerides are extremely high and this may cause not only atherosclerosis but pancreatic damage and other problems. When you have your triglycerides levels checked be sure that you've eaten nothing between ten and twelve hours prior to the test. Your LDL or bad cholesterol, will also have to be measured in this circumstance. When you sit down with your doctor, he will tell you, he or she will tell you the level of your bad cholesterol and your good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, good cholesterol lowers it. So when you're thinking about triglyceride levels, think about it in the bigger picture. Lowering cholesterol in addition to controlling blood pressure and diabetes, not smoking and trying to live a healthy life style with plenty of fruits and vegetables, low fats and plenty of fiber, will help you avoid heart attacks, strokes and the other ravages of atheroscleronic disease. So, know your triglycerides, know your cholesterol.

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