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Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, lack of exercise, hypertension, obesity, a family history of heart disease are all factors that increase the risk of heart disease. Another is high blood cholesterol and high triglycerides level. 
The greater the number of risk factors, the more likely you are to develop cardio-vascular problems. It is important, therefore, to do something about as many of them as possible. Not smoking, controlling your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, getting more exercise, learning to cope with stress, lowering your blood cholesterol and eating the right foods are all steps towards a healthy head.

Don't let yourself be confused by cholesterol and triglycerides!

Triglyceride is the principle form of fat found in foods, body tissues and blood. It is a name given to all visible fat.

Fat in food becomes fat (triglycerides) in our blood. A diet high in carbohydrate (sugar and starches) and alcohol may also raise blood triglyceride levels.

If you are overweight, your body stores the extra calories that you eat as triglycerides.

A HIGH TRIGLYCERIDE LEVEL is one risk factor associated with the development of heart disease.

There are FOUR reasons for high triglycerides:
2. A diet high in sugar and starches
3. A high alcohol intake
4. Stress
High triglyceride levels can be controlled in most cases, but not cured. To do so you must make permanent, beneficial changes in your lifestyle.
How can blood triglycerides be lowered?
1. Achieve and maintain your ideal body weight
To do that, examine your eating habits. Are you overeating, eating only one large, late meal a day, having a bedtime snack?
There are many reasons for overeating, not just hunger (stress, boredom).
2. Increase your activity
If you are overweight, you have taken in more calories than you have used up. "Burn up" calories by exercising - moderate brisk walking (1/2 hour 3 - 4 times per week, or as directed by your physician).
3. Decrease your calorie intake
- Take smaller portion sizes at each meal. Use low calorie foods and snacks. Have three meals a day rather than one large, late meal.
- Choose whole grain, higher in fiber breads, cereals, crackers, whole grain pastas, and rice.
- Try homemade, high fiber, low sugar baked goods.
- Fruits contain natural sugars. Limit fruit juice and use only 100 % fruit juice, no sugar added brands. 
- Choose whole fruits more often. 
- Use artificial sweeteners.
4. Avoid alcohol until you have reached your ideal weight and your triglycerides are within or below the normal range. Any type of alcoholic beverage (beer, alcohol, wine) will raise blood triglyceride levels.

Our pages are created to provide medically accurate information that is intended to complement, not replace or substitute in any way the services of your physician. Any application of the recommendations set forth in the following pages is at the reader's discretion and sole risk. Before undergoing medical treatment, you should consult with your doctor, who can best assess your individual needs, symptoms and treatment.