Fats and cholesterol are not the enemy, and they should never be lowered or avoided for any reason. So, why are drugs prescribed so often to lower cholesterol? Could it be that the drug companies gain billions of dollars every year from the sales?
Cholesterol and healthy fats in the diet DO NOT cause heart disease, hardening of the arteries, or any other disease. However, there is a fat that does cause heart disease and a whole host of other diseases. We need a healthy level of cholesterol to produce a normal level of all our hormones, both male and female, plus a healthy level of Vitamin D-3
Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood when you eat excessive amounts of refined carbohydrates or sugar. They are stored as fats known as triglycerides. These fats are harmful fats to your health and are stored primarily in the gut, as abdominal fat and referred to as the beer belly, bread belly, or belly fat. This form of fat is highly dangerous to your health and the cause of many different diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease.
Keep your triglycerides in a healthy range for good health, and don't worry about your cholesterol.
There is a blood test that measures your triglycerides along with your cholesterol. Triglyceride levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
Here are your guidelines for triglyceride levels:
Normal level less than 150 mg
Borderline high 150-199 mg
High 200-499 mg
Very high 500 mg and above
150mg/dL may raise your risk for heart disease. A triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL or higher is also a risk factor for Metabolic Syndrome.
11 Effective Ways to Lower Your Triglycerides:
1. Lose Weight. Maintain your waist measurement 50% of your height. A person, man or woman for example, who is 5 foot 8 inches tall (68 inches) should have of waist of 34 inches. Divide your height in inches by 2.
2. Eat less calories, your body turns those extra calories into triglycerides and stores them as fat.
3. Avoid sugar.
4. Follow a Low-Carb Diet (Ketogenic diet. To learn more go to, Ketogenic-diet-resource.com or dietdoctor.com).
5. Eat more fiber.
6. Exercise regularly.
7. Eat fatty, cold water fish several times a week.
8. Avoid excessive alcohol.
9. Eat more tree nuts, several ounces a week.
10. 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil daily.
11. Supplement the diet With Curcumin, French Grape Seed Extract, and/or Amla (Indian gooseberry)
Sugar and refined carbohydrates, or just too many complexed carbohydrates and calories, will convert into triglycerides causing far more disease than healthy fats or cholesterol ever will.
Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of several conditions that are caused by your diet and lifestyle, which can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 Diabetes. The conditions that affect many individuals today are increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, (greater than 50% of your height), and low HDL or high triglyceride levels.
You may have only one of the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome, however, that doesn't mean you have Metabolic Syndrome. But, it does mean you have a greater risk of serious diseases. And, the more symptoms you develop, a greater risk of disease complications may occur such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease. You and I are absolutely in control of our health, not the doctor who has little or no knowledge of nutrition or diet. All these conditions are preventable by diet, healthy lifestyle choices, and Not Drugs.
Metabolic Syndrome is increasingly common, and up to one-third of U.S. adults have it. If you have Metabolic Syndrome or any of its components, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.
Keep in mind that Metabolic Syndrome is caused primarily by your diet. You have a choice to change your diet and lifestyle to prevent and reduce your risk of disease.
YOU are the only one who can improve your health. Food is your best medicine or your worst enemy.
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