Watch out for high triglycerides Watch out for high triglycerides

Eating too many carbohydrates (sugars) causes the body to store excess sugar in the form of fat. This causes triglycerides to develop, hardening the arteries and making them narrow.

The study Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) released in Barcelona, analyzed the food habits of people between ages 35 and 70 in 18 countries for an average period of 7 years.

The study, published by the medical journal The Lancet, showed that high-carbohydrate diets are the most dangerous as they make the body store excess amounts of sugar in the form of fat, causing cardiovascular disease as well as diseases affecting the pancreas, liver, spleen and brain.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat present in the bloodstream and in fatty tissues (adipose tissue). Normal triglyceride levels are usually under 150. If they are over 200, it is important to follow these recommendations:

  •       See your doctor to detect why your triglycerides have risen.
  •       Lead a healthy diet, low in sugars and carbohydrates. It is best if you can consult with a nutrition expert.
  •       Exercise three to five times a week.

Keep in mind: Triglyceride levels often raise at the same time as cholesterol does, a type of fat that is found in animal cells and in blood plasma.

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