Last week I talked about triglycerides and how they affect our health, and this week we want to go a little further in that discussion, to look at some of the dietary changes which will help you reduce your triglyceride levels.
Three Ways to Lower Your Triglyceride Levels
1. Reduce your processed carb intake
The standard advice, which gravitates towards a diet lower in fat as a way to protect your heart, may be doing more harm than good.
The fact is, that when most people go on a low fat diet they replace those calories from fat with calories from carbohydrate foods.
Think about how much bread, pasta, potato chips, cookies, breakfast cereals you eat in the course of one day…. do carb foods make up the highest percentage of your energy intake (compared to proteins and fats)?
If your diet is high in these sugary foods, then you will be increasing your triglycerides levels as a result.
A 2008 study published in the New England Jo...
The news about AGEs isn’t all bad. We are not helpless against increasing levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in our blood.
My recent blog entry here reviews Joe Anderson’s site that recommends a daunting diet of low-AGE foods. In my “Diabetes Update” newsletter I earlier reviewed Dr. Helen Vlassara’s research that found foods cooked at high temperatures dramatically increased the production of AGEs and that they produce inflammation-causing proteins.
Changing how we cook is clearly the first strategy to minimize AGEs in our bodies. This means cutting back, if not eliminating, fried, barbecued, broiled, or baked foods. But there is more that we can do.
The influential professional journal Diabetes Care has just published its first review about diabetes and AGEs. The lead author, Dr. Amy Huebschmann of University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, kindly sent me a PDF of the review a couple of days before official publication. An extract of the article is
Stress is part of life. There’s no way you can avoid it entirely. However, if you constantly live with high stress levels, it can lead to physical problems, including high blood pressure , angina (i.e. chest pains), arrhythmia (i.e. irregular heart rate) and heart disease .
How Does Stress Increase Heart Disease Risk?
Stress can increase heart disease risk in different ways. First, it affects you emotionally. This could lead you to make unhealthy food and lifestyle choices, such as overeating, not exercising, and smoking. Stress also causes elevated levels of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol , which can have a negative long term impact. Research is also fiinding that stress affects the way that blood clots .
What Can You Do to Reduce Stress?
Dr. Donald Brown has provided three suggestions for naturally reducing stress levels , which I’ve listed below. He is one ...
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