Category Archives: Triglycerides

Low-carb is heart healthy

Anybody following the discussions in these pages know that: Limiting carbohydrate intake reduces risk for coronary heart disease and heart attack. First of all, why do conventional diets advocate restricting saturated and total fat? From the standpoint of surrogate markers … Continue reading

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Eat triglycerides

Dietary fats, from olive oil to cocoa butter to beef tallow, are made of triglycerides. Triglycerides are simply three (“tri-”) fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone. Glycerol is a simple 3-carbon molecule that readily binds fatty acids. Fatty acids, … Continue reading

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What are “normal” triglycerides?

Among the most neglected yet enormously helpful values on any standard cholesterol panel is the triglyceride value. Triglycerides traverse the bloodstream by hitching a ride on water (serum)-soluble lipoproteins, or lipid-carrying proteins. We measure triglycerides as an indirect index of triglyceride-containing … Continue reading

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De Novo Lipo-what?

Humans have limited capacity to store carbohydrates. Beyond the glucose and glycogen in our blood and tissues, we have relatively little carbohydrate to draw from in time of energy need. That’s why long-distance runners and triathletes have to carry sugar … Continue reading

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After-eating effects: Carbohydrates vs. fats

In the ongoing debate over whether it’s fat or carbohydrate restriction that leads to weight loss and health, here’s another study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, … Continue reading

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Why does fish oil reduce triglycerides?

Beyond its ability to slash risk for cardiovascular events, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil also reduce triglycerides. There’s no remaining question that omega-3s do this quite effectively. After all, the FDA approved prescription fish oil, Lovaza, to treat a … Continue reading

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Triglyceride Buster-Update

In the last Heart Scan Blog post, I described Daniel’s experience reducing his triglycerides from 3100 mg/dl to around 1100 mg/dl with use of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, along with modifications in his diet. This was accomplished in … Continue reading

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Triglyceride buster

Two weeks ago, Daniel started with a triglyceride level of 3100 mg/dl, a dangerous level that had potential to damage his pancreas. The inflammatory injury incurred could leave him with type I diabetes and inability to digest foods, since the … Continue reading

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Triglyceride traps

Triglycerides are a potent trigger for coronary plaque growth. Triglycerides in and of themselves probably do not cause plaque growth. Instead, triglycerides contribute to the formation of abnormal lipoproteins in the blood that, in turn, trigger coronary plaque, like VLDL, … Continue reading

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Triglycerides: What is normal?

In The Track Your Plaque program, we advocate decreasing triglycerides to 60 mg/dl or less. That’s the level of triglycerides that minimize the presence of triglyceride-containing undesirable lipoproteins causing plaque, such as small LDL, VLDL, and the after-eating persistence of … Continue reading

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