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14 ways to lower triglycerides naturally

Reader's Digest Logo By Tina Donvito of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 16: You’ve probably heard about triglycerides (TG) during a routine physical or after a cholesterol test. But what are they and why should you pay attention to them? Dr Michael Miller, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and the author of Heal Your Heart, explains that triglyceride levels indicate the amount of fat in your bloodstream. “The average level for adult men and women after an overnight fast is 125, with optimal levels below 100,” he says. “The borderline-high range is 150 to 199, and high levels are 200 and above.” If your levels are creeping upwards, says Dr Miller, your risk of heart disease and death from cardiovascular disease will also rise. Higher levels, especially when you have low HDL ( ‘good’ cholesterol) or high LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol), are linked with hardening of the arteries.

What are triglycerides?

You’ve probably heard about triglycerides (TG) during a routine physical or after a cholesterol test. But what are they and why should you pay attention to them? Dr Michael Miller, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and the author of Heal Your Heart, explains that triglyceride levels indicate the amount of fat in your bloodstream. “The average level for adult men and women after an overnight fast is 125, with optimal levels below 100,” he says. “The borderline-high range is 150 to 199, and high levels are 200 and above.” If your levels are creeping upwards, says Dr Miller, your risk of heart disease and death from cardiovascular disease will also rise. Higher levels, especially when you have low HDL ( ‘good’ cholesterol) or high LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol), are linked with hardening of the arteries.
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