Many people who have cholesterol issues have triglyceride issues as well. It makes sense, they are both diseases of the same thing.
Pause, scratch your head, and then ask – “what did you say?”
Yes – Sugar.
Most people think that because cholesterol is fat, it is a fat problem, and for some people (rare), it is mroe of a fat issue than a sugar issue. But for most people, it is all a sugar issue. Triglycerides very specifically a sugar issue.
First, what is a triglyceride? from Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triglyceride
A triglyceride (TG, triacylglycerol, TAG, or triacylglyceride) is an ester derived from glycerol and three fatty acids (tri- + glyceride). Triglycerides are the main constituents of body fat in humans and animals, as well as vegetable fat. They are also present in the blood to enable the bidirectional transference of adipose fat and blood glucose from the liver, and are a major component of human skin oils.
There are many different types of triglyceride, with the main division being between saturated and unsaturated types. Saturated fats are “saturated” with hydrogen all available places where hydrogen atoms could be bonded to carbon atoms are occupied. These have a higher melting point and are more likely to be solid at room temperature. Unsaturated fats have double bonds between some of the carbon atoms, reducing the number of places where hydrogen atoms can bond to carbon atoms. These have a lower melting point and are more likely to be liquid at room temperature.
Simple really, an accumulation of fats into one molecule. These are made from digesting fats in the diet, as these fats are broken down in the digestive tract. These fats are utilized for energy, and in some cases are the immediate source of energy simply because they are readily available as they enter the blood stream. Some are stored.
But consider this, if they are a ready energy source (9 calories of energy per gram, vs. 4 calories for protein and carbohydrate), would they not decrease in your blood stream if you were actually using them for energy?
As insulin levels drop in the blood stream, the body will mobilize and utilize triglycerides for energy. This is an important, important, important piece of information. So if you want to drop your triglyceride levels NOW, then you need to reduce your insulin levels now! Which means, get off the sugar.
Also, as far as blood testing goes. Insulin is an insulin test. Sugar, is a sugar test. And A1C is a test for how much sugar has coated your hemoglobin, or basically it is a “how much sugar over the last three months test”. A way to avoid momentary blips in your sugar because of bad testing… not an insulin test at all.
What is interesting to me, is that the major sources of knowledge on the internet as it pertains to healthcare, have followed to the old school path primarily. With only a brief mention of what is now known to have a nearly immediate impact on triglyceride levels (sugar). Instead, the focus is still primarily on fat. From Web MD http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/lowering-triglyceride-levels?page=2
- Reducing saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol in your diet can improve triglyceride levels and help manage cholesterol. Eating less carbohydrates in your diet will also help lower triglyceride levels.
The reality is that you can alter your tri levels slowly over time with a reduction in the fat intake, however… I recently had a ridiculously low cholesterol and triglyceride level in my blood test, yet I eat coconut oil daily, I eat butter by the droves… watch my video from two years ago - https://youtu.be/sNBXYqXuJZE Buttered pecans get a twist.
And I eat everything almond butter like I really shouldn’t, just a little too much of that. YET, there is no negative side effect to triglyceride levels.
So when we consider how to reduce your triglyceride levels in the blood test that you are going to have next week let’s say. The best way to do it, is to jump on the straight 60 right now. Read the rules here and follow them - http://www.healthsprout.com/the-straight-60-the-rules/
By reducing your sugar (and honestly, the key here is that your fructose levels need to really drop, so no cheating on the type of fruit that you eat…. berries only please), you will drop your insulin. By dropping your insulin, the body will begin utilizing triglycerides, and the number drops.
If you want a further drop faster, then during some intermittent fasting, jump into some exercise. Begin killing it in the gym in the AM before you eat anything, and let your body find fat for energy. Just like that you will see a change. And you can fix your tri level without decreasing the intake of those fats.
Be well and Be blessed. - Dr. E