Hypertriglyceridemia is a common disorder in the United States in which triglyceride levels in the body are elevated. This can also elevate the risk for further disease development such as Coronary Artery Disease. Triglycerides are the most common form of fat in the body and your body uses them for energy sources in between meals. However, it is the amount of a substance which distinguishes it from a medicine or a poison and therefore high levels of triglycerides can be harmful.
Hypertriglyceridemia can be caused by a few different things such as being overweight, having diabetes and having a sedentary lifestyle. This is good and bad news. The good news being that it can be treated and controlled with positive lifestyle changes, especially with a change in diet.
Triglycerides levels increase with the consumption of too many calories. Interestingly, most people think that fats are the problem in elevated levels of triglycerides when in reality, the problem is sugar. More specifically, refined sugars, natural sugars and refined carbohydrates are found in unhealthy processed snack foods, soft drinks and cakes.
Don’t forget that even though sugar is the main problem, foods high in fat should also be avoided. Make sure you are taking both the sugar and fat (carbohydrates) content into consideration when making dietary choices, especially if you already suffer from hypertriglyceridemia.
For carbohydrate choices, choose whole grains over refined grains, whole wheat, oatmeal, brown rice, millet, rye and barley. Cut back on saturated fats from milk and meat products and choose healthy fat options such as fish, avocados and nuts.
Another tip, from a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that replacement of refined carbohydrates with a combination of egg protein and unsaturated fats, decreases insulin sensitivity and lowers triglycerides in obese adults with an elevated triglyceride level.
As you can see, lifestyle choices within your diet can affect the triglyceride levels in your body and the development of Hypertriglyceridemia. Alcohol consumption should be eliminated altogether as even small amounts can raise the triglyceride levels.
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