Triglycerides are a type of fat that the body stores in fat cells and uses for energy. When we eat, our bodies convert any calories we don’t need into triglycerides, which are then stored in our fat cells. When the body needs energy, it releases triglycerides into the bloodstream. But problems occur when triglyceride levels are consistently high, leading to several kinds of health problems.
High levels of triglycerides can lead to a condition called hypertriglyceridemia, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. High triglyceride levels may also be associated with metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Fortunately, we have several natural ways to manage our triglyceride levels.
The first step is to make lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, and maintaining a healthy weight. Studies have shown that increasing fiber intake and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption can also help manage triglyceride levels.
Another way to manage triglycerides is by taking supplements such as fish oil, niacin, and fiber supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may lower triglyceride levels, while niacin can lower triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. Fiber supplements can also help manage triglycerides by reducing the absorption of fats from the diet.
Healthcare providers can also help manage triglycerides by monitoring triglyceride levels and providing treatment options, such as prescription medications, to lower levels when necessary. Providers can also work with patients to develop individualized plans to manage triglycerides and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
When triglyceride levels become too high, they can pose a serious risk to our health. Making lifestyle changes, taking supplements, and working with healthcare providers can help manage triglyceride levels and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.