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What Causes High Triglycerides In The Body?

By Gary Guidoppi

First question: what causes high triglycerides? Second question: how to lower triglycerides? Third question: can we prevent increases in triglycerides? Last question: if we are genetically inclined to obesity, is there any way to prevent the triglycerides from increasing in our bodies?

What causes high triglycerides in the body is usually our diet. When our weight increases because of being overweight or obese, the triglycerides which are stored in the body as fat increases as well. With obesity, the foods eaten are usually in excess of what the body should normally take. The excess in caloric intake because of sweets in the form of candies or pastries is one; another is alcohol which actually stimulates triglyceride production.

What cause high triglycerides aside from the obvious? Well, junk food. We don’t eat them in excess usually but when we do, the combination of the oils and spices as well as the processed meats involved will make the triglycerides shoot through the roof and they are hard to expel. These foods are stored in just about all the usual places like the oblique muscles, the abdominal muscles, the jowls, the chin, you name it, it’s there.

Age is also what causes high triglycerides. The older we get, the body breaks down, not because of anything but our body undergoes such a lot of abuse that the wear and tear can be too much; especially if we over indulge when we are young, so don’t wonder overly much if the body ages fast. With this breakdown, some illnesses can surface like the Loch Ness monster: diabetes, kidney problems, cirrhosis of the liver and others.

Most of these diseases are not simply because of age, however. Most of the time, there is genetics involved and those with the predisposition should take better care of themselves. Knowing what the family history is does not mean that it won’t happen to you. Your are not invincible, and that sense of invincibility will be your Achilles, so to speak.

The lowering of cholesterol intake may be the only thing that will lower the levels of triglycerides in the body and this can be done by simply being vigilant with what is being eaten. What causes high triglycerides may be easy enough to identify, the lowering may be a totally different story.

Gary Guidoppi discusses triglycerides and cholesterol at his website, Find out more about normal cholesterol level and high cholesterol foods to avoid.

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