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What are Triglycerides and Why Should You Care?

admin - December 18, 2012



When you get your cholesterol screening results, what do you pay most attention to? The good, bad and total cholesterol numbers? It’s not uncommon for many people to overlook the triglycerides when reviewing results from a cholesterol screening. But paying attention to triglycerides could benefit your health.

In this HealthDay TV video, explore the reasons why you should start paying more attention to the triglyercides in your cholesterol. View the video to discover the best ways you can keep your triglyceride levels low. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel  to learn more about healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Triglycerides and Cholesterol Screenings

 

Here is the audio text to the video:

“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 in our test results, a cholesterol check-up 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 and a half 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 to 10 percent of your weight can lower your triglycerides by twenty percent.

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




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