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Busy Woman’s Guide to Triglycerides

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I understand there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, but what is this triglycerides thing listed on my test results?

Good question! While presenting at a women’s wellness event for Finger Lakes Health recently, I attended a break out session conducted by Maureen Sullivan-Colletta, RD, CDN. She gave the best explanation of triglycerides I’ve ever heard! She said when your blood is draw and then spun in the lab, triglycerides are the layer of fat floating on the top of the blood. EEEWWW!

Triglycerides make your blood thicker and harder to move through your body. The more fat in your diet the higher your triglyceride level will become. High levels are strongly associated with heart disease. A triglyceride level of 150 or lower is considered heart healthy.

The good news? Triglycerides are used by the body as an energy source - so, when you exercise can burn off triglycerides!

The key is to eat low fat, high fiber foods and move around in order to keep your blood flowing well and your triglycerides low.

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