What food source is the nutrient found in?
How does the nutrient affect the body?
- an uncommon inherited condition called familial hypertriglyceridemia
- carbohydrate sensitivity in individuals whose bodies have trouble breaking down fats or carbohydrates
- diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes
- heavy consumption of alcohol
- 150mg/dL = Normal (healthy) range
- 150 to 199 mg/dL = Borderline-high range
- 200 to 499 mg/dL = High range
- 500 mg/dL or higher = Very high range
- losing weight, if overweight
- being physically active for 30 minutes per day at least 5 days a week
- eating less saturated fats and cholesterol, by following a low-fat diet where fat is 30 percent or less of total daily calories, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat
- eating plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
- drinking no more than two alcohol drinks per day (for men) or one per day (for women)
- eating less carbohydrates, such as high-sugar desserts and snacks, sweeteners, and sweetened beverages
- eating more fish such as trout, sardines, tuna, and salmon, which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and may help keep triglyceride levels stable
- stopping smoking
- substituting healthier forms of fat such as canola oil, olive oil, and liquid margarine for saturated fats
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- chronic kidney disease
- circulatory problems
- alcohol intake
- menstrual cycle
- time of day
- recent exercise
- diagnosed heart disease
- a family history of high triglycerides, known as familial hypertriglyceridemia
- consistent high cholesterol levels with low levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol)
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