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Triglycerides: 6 Tips for Managing Your Levels

(U.S. News & World Report) Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body. They are found in the blood and serve as a primary source of energy. When you eat, your body stores excess calories as triglycerides to be used later, say between meals. If you regularly consume more calories than your body can burn, your triglyceride level may be high, putting you at risk for heart disease. Excess triglycerides in the plasma create a condition known as hypertriglyceridemia. Besides diet, certain diseases and conditions can contribute to high triglyceride levels, including poorly controlled diabetes, drinking too much alcohol, thyroid problems, and kidney disease. Medications that are thought to effect triglyceride levels include Tamoxifin, Beta-blockers, steroids, diuretics, and birth-control pills…

The best way to lower triglyceride levels is through lifestyle changes. Here are six steps to put you on the road to a healthier life:

1. Maintain a Healthy Weight…

2. Avoid Sugar…

3. Exercise Regularly…

4. Avoid Alcohol…

5. Choose Healthy Fats…

6. Avoid Trans Fats

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