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Why should you eat a diet low in triglycerides?

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A diet that is low in triglycerides is ideal, because experts believe that high levels of triglycerides increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Triglycerides are fats in the body used for energy. To maintain good health, some amount of triglycerides in the body is necessary.

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However, when a person has a high triglyceride level, it is likely that the person also has an abnormal cholesterol level, particularly high levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol. High cholesterol is associated with heart attack, coronary heart disease, stroke, angina and high blood pressure.

The causes of high triglycerides include eating foods rich in saturated fats and trans fats, sugars, high-calorie foods and starchy foods. Health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, kidney disease and hypothyroidism also raise triglyceride levels.

Medications such as steroids, estrogen, beta-blockers and birth control pills as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption are some other causes of high triglyceride levels.

To lower triglyceride levels, doctors recommend the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed oil and fish sources, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, exercising and modifying lifestyle habits such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption.

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