Do you have labs results with HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES?

Is your conventionally trained physician just telling you to take drugs?

Yikes! High triglycerides can usually be spotted even without lab tests because they look like belly fat, or the classic apple shape body. Ladies, if your waist is more than 34 inches, and gentlemen more than 40 inches, you almost certainly have high triglycerides.

The problem with high trigs is it means not only do you have subcutaneous fat around your torso, but you also have unhealthy fat packed around your heart, liver and lungs.  That reduces circulation to these organs and make them work harder.

If you have lab results handy, look at the ratio between the triglycerides and the so-called “good” cholesterol – HDL (high density lipoprotein).  A good ratio would be 4 or less.  For exampe if your triglycerides are 80 and your HDL is 40, then that’s good!  The ratio is 2. On the other hand, if your triglycerides are 300 and your HDL is 30 — that is not good at all: ratio 10.

There are 2 fairly reliable, non-drug, methods for raising the good cholesterol, HDL, which “travels” around the body gathering up cholesterol, bringing it back to the liver for re-use.  These methods are:

1) Avoid all white sugar, which is especially noxious in liquid form.   Don’t consume ANY high fructose corn syrup, Karo syrup, brown sugar (just white sugar stained with molasses) or maltodextrin.

2) Lift weights.   Go to the gymn, or buy some hand weights at a garage sale.   Start with 20 minutes once weekly for the lower body (squats, lunges, leg presses) plus 20 minutes once weekly for the upper body (push-ups, triceps dips, biceps curls, overhead flies lying on back).  When stronger move up to twice weekly for upper and lower musculature.

The other part of the equation is to lower triglycerides.   This type of “fat” is actually a storage form of sugar. Whenever you eat sugar, or highly glycemic food which turns into glucose quickly in the bloodstream, it becomes available for quick energy.  However, if you are sitting around watching TV, or about to go to sleep, this energy is not needed, and will be converted to the storage form, triglycerides, which literally means three (3) glycerine molecules.  With very few exceptions, when a patient has high triglycerides (or a ratio of Trigs:HDL more than 4) I know they are not active enough and eating too many sweets.  This is also called “metabolic syndrome,” which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.

So, your diet needs adjusting.  Here are some dietary ideas to reduce triglycerides:

Eat less of/ Replace with
Red meat / fish or turkey
Hamburgersand hot dogs/ fish or turkey
Eggs/ egg substitute
High fat dairy products/ low fat dairy
butter/ olive oil
Ice cream, cake, cookies/ fruits
Refined cereals/ whole grains
Fried foods/ fresh veggies; steamed or raw
Coffee and soft drinks/ herbal teas, dilute fruit juice

Plus, do add 2-3 tablespoons of fish oil (or 2000-3000 mg mixed EPA and DHA Omega 3 oils, from fish) to your daily diet.  New research shows that fish oil definitively helps to lower triglycerides.

To help reduce sugar cravings take 200 mcg of chromium picolinate (insulin’s little helper) 3 times daily. You can take all 600 mcg at once if that’s more convenient.  Insulin is the molecule produced in the pancreas that accompanies glucose (sugar) INTO the cell, where it is useful for energy.  Sugar is NOT helpful floating around the bloodstream, where it literally rots out blood vessels, causing all sorts of damage including kidney failure and blindness.

Use SPICES to replace sugar — anise seed, fennel seed and cinnamon are all delicious and naturally sweet.  Use STEVIA as a substitute sweetener.  Avoid Nutrasweet, Splenda, Equal and all those fake sugars — they disrupt brain chemistry and have been linked with seizures and attention deficit.