What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are lipids (a type of fat) found in your blood. When you eat, your body will convert the calories it doesn’t immediately need into triglycerides. These triglycerides are then stored. Your body will later release these triglycerides for energy between meals.
Many people regularly eat more calories than they burn. When this happens, especially when high-carbohydrate foods are consumed, the body will develop high levels of triglycerides.
Why is it bad to have high levels of triglycerides?
High triglyceride levels can harden and thicken the artery walls. In the medical community, this is called arteriosclerosis. This medical condition has been known to increase the risk of heart complications such as stroke, heart attack and heart disease. High triglyceride levels can also lead to Type 2 Diabetes.
What can I do to lower my levels of triglycerides?
Lifestyle choices are a great way to maintain healthy levels of triglycerides. This includes regular exercise, avoiding refined sugar and carbohydrates, and maintaining a healthy weight.
How can our clinic help?
At our clinic, we are able to perform the blood tests necessary to determine your levels of triglycerides. If a healthy lifestyle is not enough by itself to maintain healthy levels of triglycerides, there are some medications and supplements that can also help maintain them. Within our clinic, you will have access to medical personnel that can help you evaluate your specific situation and life choices. From there, we can build a customized medical plan to help you understand how to best meet the health goals of your family.
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