The Link Between Triglycerides and High Cholesterol
If you’re serious about controlling cholesterol, probably the last thing you need is more medical jargon. It’s hard enough watching what you eat and sticking to your exercise program without complicating matters.
But triglycerides are important; they’re a vital part of the mix that sets you up for good health. And if you realise what they do and how they impact your health, you’ll be in a better position to do what’s needed to promote a healthy lifestyle.
What Are Triglycerides?
When we digest food, our body converts it to energy in the form of calories. We use the energy to function and any surplus calories are stored in fat cells – as triglycerides – for release later by hormones when we might need the extra boost.
For most of us with weight problems, the equation is fairly straight forward. We store too many calories, and we don’t burn them off through exercise or general activity. So our triglyceride level is simply one way of determining whether we are storing too many calories. Put simply, a high tryglyceride level makes it likely you will be overweight, if you’re not already.
How Are Cholesterol and Triglycerides Linked?
Triglycerides store energy and cholesterol is used to build cells, hormones and other useful tasks. But it is the way both are transported that is the common link, and importantly, how they contribute to potential heart disease.
A new study from Denmark confirms the effect that higher triglycerides can have on our health. The new study looked at over 30,000 Danish patients, over a period of 30 years and found that of the over 800 strokes that occurred in these patients, higher triglyercide levels increased the risk of strokes.
Triglycerides are carried in our bloodstream in lipoproteins and research suggests that high levels may contribute to serious illnesses such as strokes or heart disease through a narrowing and hardening of the arteries. If this sounds familiar, it’s because elevated cholesterol levels can act in exactly the same way.
Whether or not you need to reduce your triglycerides, it makes sense to decide on the lifestyle changes to keep them at appropriate levels. In fact health authorities suggest diet and exercise is the best way to keep your triglycerides in check, rather than medication.
And the good news is that the link with cholesterol makes it easy to do the right thing for your health. The changes you make to help with controlling cholesterol also assist with your triglyceride levels:
Eating healthier foods
Using appropriate natural supplements
Taking regular and strenuous exercise
The link between triglycerides and cholesterol is a simple one: excess weight causes problems for your heart. High triglycerides may be a sign of weight problems and an elevated cholesterol level can be a result of poor choices when it comes to food and exercise.
If you’re like me, you might find the medical jargon a little overwhelming at times; HDL, LDL, triglycerides, cholesterol and others. But the consensus among the experts seems clear: sensible eating habits, regular exercise and quality natural supplements are the way towards good health.