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Triglycerides are small, light fat particles produced in the liver, where they are converted into very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High levels of triglycerides can thicken the blood, and increase your chances of forming clots and clog blood vessels. For most people, triglycerides can be lowered with a reduced intake of carbohydrates.

From the numbers you've provided, it appears that your triglyceride level is 225, which is much higher than what is desirable. An HDL reading of 65 is normally good, but your total is 335, which gives you a TC/HDL ratio of 5.15. Your target ratio should be 4.0 or lower.

I don't know whether or not popcorn will raise LDL. I suppose that would depend on the type of fats that are in it. I prefer real butter myself. Processed foods, and especially snacks such as cookies, are real villains. They can wreak havoc with both triglycerides and LDL, since they most likely contain hydrogenated fats. Since LDL and triglycerides are your two major concerns, you need to restrict foods such as these. Be very careful with foods containing sugars, starches, and hydrogenated fats, and I think you'll see an overall improvement. Exercise is also important, as well as maintaining a desirable weight.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73]Triglycerides are small, light fat particles produced in the liver, where they are converted into very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High levels of triglycerides can thicken the blood, and increase your chances of forming clots and clog blood vessels. For most people, triglycerides can be lowered with a reduced intake of carbohydrates.

From the numbers you've provided, it appears that your triglyceride level is 225, which is much higher than what is desirable. An HDL reading of 65 is normally good, but your total is 335, which gives you a TC/HDL ratio of 5.15. Your target ratio should be 4.0 or lower.

I don't know whether or not popcorn will raise LDL. I suppose that would depend on the type of fats that are in it. I prefer real butter myself. Processed foods, and especially snacks such as cookies, are real villains. They can wreak havoc with both triglycerides and LDL, since they most likely contain hydrogenated fats. Since LDL and triglycerides are your two major concerns, you need to restrict foods such as these. Be very careful with foods containing sugars, starches, and hydrogenated fats, and I think you'll see an overall improvement. Exercise is also important, as well as maintaining a desirable weight.[/QUOTE]
:) Thank u Arizona. i didn't know what trigs were or how it effected my cholesterol. Is 5.15 really bad? I am diabetic and don't eat alot of cookies or breads. I do like corn muffins and biscuits but I limit them due to glucose levels. I don't use margarines, I eat just plain food no salt (yuck) but garlic and pepper. I read somewhere that soy products help lower cholesterol. Is this true? I guess I will have to go back on my zetia :o .
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73]Triglycerides are small, light fat particles produced in the liver, where they are converted into very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High levels of triglycerides can thicken the blood, and increase your chances of forming clots and clog blood vessels. For most people, triglycerides can be lowered with a reduced intake of carbohydrates.

From the numbers you've provided, it appears that your triglyceride level is 225, which is much higher than what is desirable. An HDL reading of 65 is normally good, but your total is 335, which gives you a TC/HDL ratio of 5.15. Your target ratio should be 4.0 or lower.

I don't know whether or not popcorn will raise LDL. I suppose that would depend on the type of fats that are in it. I prefer real butter myself. Processed foods, and especially snacks such as cookies, are real villains. They can wreak havoc with both triglycerides and LDL, since they most likely contain hydrogenated fats. Since LDL and triglycerides are your two major concerns, you need to restrict foods such as these. Be very careful with foods containing sugars, starches, and hydrogenated fats, and I think you'll see an overall improvement. Exercise is also important, as well as maintaining a desirable weight.[/QUOTE]


:wave: Arizona, I went to the dr today for bp check and got a look at my file. My tc was not 335, but 317, my hdl was 65, my ldl 225 and trigs were 139. the nurse said the trigs were not bad, she seemed impress. So my ?? is why is my gp freakin out? Will this change the ratio from 5.15? It seems i can't lower my bp or cholesterol . the only thing i've seem to be able to control with all this exercising is my weight (lost 15 more lbs) and glucose readings (6.0)





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