How to Lower Triglycerides Naturally: Mediterranean Diet
Eating a Mediterranean diet is not really dieting at all, but eating a variety of fresh foods that taste good and prevent obesity and its health consequences. The Mediterranean diet has been around for over 50 years, and its benefits continue to become apparent. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet range from a lower risk of:
- heart disease,
- certain cancers,
- and stroke;
- lower blood pressure and LDL levels;
- improved brain function,
- eye health, and fertility;
- healthy body weight; and
- increased life span.
What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are particles in the blood that transport fat. They come from excess sugar (refined carbohydrate) and fat intake in the diet and can also be made in the liver. Triglycerides are converted into energy in the body; for example, to fuel muscles. If a person doesn't use their muscles after eating, the excess triglycerides will be stored as fat or in the liver. High levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream are a risk factor for heart disease and stroke as well as obesity. High triglycerides are associated with more that a 70% increased risk of coronary heart disease. High triglycerides are especially significant risk factors for people with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Causes of high blood triglycerides include genetics, obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high-carbohydrate and/or high-fat diet, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, hypothyroidism, renal disease, and medications such as beta- blockers, thiazide diuretics, glucocorticosteroids, anabolic steroids, and some HIV medications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/20/2016