Triglycerides and Diet

In 1987, Steve Martin was in a film Roxanne. He played a chief fire officer with an enormous nose who fell in love with a beautiful astronomer played by Daryl Hannah. The only problem was that she liked a young fireman with a relatively normal nose. CD Bales (Steve Martin) who has a poetic command of English, has agreed to coach the younger man and more awkward in his pursuit of qualified astronomer. This is a hilarious twist on an old story. In one of the more sober scenes CD’s friend Trixie encourages him to pursue the girl for himself, because he was obviously in love with her. She makes her point by telling the truth ‘ as clear as the nose on your face’ Well said.

Many people today are concerned about their triglyceride levels. And with good reason. Elevated triglycerides have been marked as an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD). But in all scramble to reduce our triglycerides many doctors have tried to say that truth is as plain as the nose on your face collectively.

Triglycerides are a form of fat. In fact, they are the most common form of fat in our body. Our body makes triglycerides and we consume in our diet. Even if we live in culture where fat is a good thing. Triglycerides are good, mainly because they are in the form of body fat for energy. But like many other things is not necessarily better. Triglycerides are really an example of the maxim too much of a good thing. In this case, it also can contribute to serious health side effects, especially with regard to heart health. So if your triglycerides are too high you need to get them down.

But how? How do I get them down? This issue must be first understood what causes our triglycerides to rise. There are some diseases that can raise triglyceride levels such as hypothyroidism, renal failure, liver disease, familial hypertriglyceridemia and pregnancy. And, of course, diseases often associated with drugs, which adversely affect triglycerides. These include oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, certain steroids, diuretics, beta blockers, new classes of antipsychotic drugs, cyclosporin, glucocorticoids, progesterone, retinoids and tamoxifen to name a handful.

The factors mentioned above may result in serum triglycerides. But they are far from being the most common. For most of us our problems lie elsewhere. Diabetes is a common cause of high triglycerides. Unfortunately diabetes is a fork with two prongs. Not only will it affect triglyceride levels but diabetics are at risk of infection because of factors like high triglycerides.

Obesity, for whatever reason, causes higher triglycerides in the blood. As our country becomes progressively heavier over the cholesterol and triglycerides, and heart damage that accompanies them, will become more frequent. For most of us triglycerides are high for a reason. The truth is as plain as the nose on the face of CD. We are what we eat. Thankfully we can use easy diabetic recipes to ensure we are eating healthily.

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