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Triglycerides and Your Cholesterol Screening

admin - January 23, 2012

Your HDL and LDL cholesterol levels aren’t the only thing you need to pay attention to when you get your cholesterol screening. Find out more about the importance of triglycerides in this HealthDay video. The script is printed below the video for your convenience.

This video is also found on the Life Line Screening YouTube Channel under, What are Triglycerides and What Do They Have to Do With My Cholesterol Screening?

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Here is the script of this video for your convenience:

The next time you have your cholesterol checked, pay special attention to this number, it can serve as a warning sign of future problems.

Though most of us just skip over to the good, bad and total cholesterol on our test results, a cholesterol checkup will also tell you about your triglycerides.

A new paper from the American Heart Association® shows why you should pay attention to your triglycerides, which are a type of fat found widely throughout the body. High triglycerides are linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other diseases.

If your triglycerides are too high, simple ways to bring them down include:

  • Cutting back on foods and beverages with added sugar. Since most of the added sugar we get is from drinks containing sugar, steering clear of them is a good first step.
  • Eating less fructose, which is a type of sugar. You can do this by eating less processed food and choosing lower fructose fruits like strawberries and bananas.
  • Getting at least 2 ½ hours of moderate exercise a week. Even brisk walking can help lower your triglycerides.
  • And, shedding a few pounds. If you’re overweight, just losing  5-10% of your weight, can lower your triglycerides by 20%.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV wishing you and your family the best of health.


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