Triglycerides – The forgotten fat
Being healthy could mean a variety of things to different people. For some it is a matter of eating healthy food, cutting down portion sizes and exercising regularly. However for others, it is about eating organic and non processed food, meditating and promoting a healthy lifestyle and well being.
The purpose of this website is to inform you about Triglycerides, also known as the ‘forgotten fat’. Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) in your blood that comes from carbohydrates. They are an essential part of a healthy diet and are used as an energy source that allows our body to function normally. However a high level of triglycerides can have a negative impact on your health and may lead to heart disease, diabetes or a stroke.
This website provides information on triglycerides in an easy-to-understand manner and gives practical tips on how to reach your goals of having a healthier heart and a healthier lifestyle. It is important to realise that factors such as diet and lifestyle can have a dramatic impact on a person’s heart and health.
Do I have a blood lipid problem?
A problem or imbalance with your blood lipids can contribute to the build up of fatty substances in your arteries. Over time this process, called atherosclerosis, can build up to a point where it begins to affect your health. Heart disease and stroke are two serious complications that may be caused by this build up in your arteries. It is important to find out the lipid levels in your bloodstream so that you are are able to address them early, with the help and advice from your doctor and pharmacist..
- In order to find out your blood lipid levels, you need to have a blood test called a Lipid profile.
- There are different types of blood lipids, including: Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
- High levels of cholesterol and triglycerides can indicate an increased risk of heart disease. Low levels of HDL cholesterol, known as the ‘good cholesterol’, can also indicate an increased risk.
- This risk can be increased by other factors such as if you are a smoker or if you have high blood pressure.