By: Cindy Mitchell
Most people know that blood fat or triglycerides are the chemical form of fat derived from the fats eaten foods (saturated, unsaturated, it does not matter). What most people don’t know is that this blood fat is also mostly converted from carbohydrates. Calories ingested from a meal and not used immediately by tissues are turned into triglycerides and transported to fat (adipose) cells to be stored. Hormones regulate the release of triglycerides from fat cells. Your body uses them for energy, so you need some triglycerides for good health. Fat is a parking lot for unused calories. It is in constant flux, being added when excess calories are consumed and being used between meals or when food isn’t around. Too much food going into your mouth will create fat if not used….when moving.
When your doctor orders the simple blood test mentioned above, the results also include your blood triglyceride level. According to the American Heart Association, a triglyceride level of less than 150 mg/dL is considered okay, 150 to 199 mg/dL is “borderline high,” 200 to 499 mg/dL is high, and 500 mg/dL is very high. A level of 100 mg/dL is optimal, and I think this is the number we should all try to obtain, since a healthy HDL is generally considered to be 50 mg/dL and above.
Let’s do some math. If your HDL is 55 mg/dL, then in order to obtain a triglyceride-to-HDL ration of 2, your triglyceride level can be no higher then 110 mg/dL.
Having super-excessive amounts of triglycerides is called hyper-triglceridemia. People with this condition typically have triglyceride blood levels of 500 mg/dL and higher. Their ratio of triglyceride to HDL is obviously out of whack.
Hypertriglyceridemia a is a prevalent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and pancreatitis. It is a an increasingly important factor in obesity and insulin resistance. And guess what? The higher your triglyceride levels, the higher your levels of the small, dangerous type of cholesterol. High triglyceride levels have been found to be a independent risk factor for heart disease.
In fact, triglyceride levels are the most important factor, even though they are often overlooked, downplayed, or misunderstood. Guide lines to live by RESEARCH, RESEARCH and hey RESEARCH more. WE are each unique and it takes a life time to find what is good for each of our bodies.
Happy Health to each of you.
Written By: Cindy Mitchell