What Are Normal Triglyceride Levels?

Maintaining normal triglyceride levels is essential to your health. Triglycerides are a form of fat found in the blood stream. When your triglyceride levels are above average, then chances are that your LDL (also known as “bad cholesterol) levels are high, too, while the HDL (also known as “good cholesterol”) levels are low.

High triglyceride levels are seen as anything above 150mg/dL, while normal triglyceride levels are anything less than 150mg/dL.

The Risks of Above-Average Triglyceride Levels

When triglycerdes’ normal range is breached, they cause HDL levels to drop. Since one of the primary functions of HDLs are to return unused LDLs back to the liver, this results in an elevated level of LDL.

LDLs by themselves aren’t bad and they needed by the body for normal function. However, they do become hazardous when damaged by free radicals in the blood. The damage results in LDL becoming oxygenated and therefore capable of attaching to the inner walls of arteries forming what is typically referred to as “plaque”.

The medical term for the formation of plaque on the artery walls is known as atherosclerosis. Too much plaque will cause the arteries to narrow and become hardened, which is where many coronary artery diseases start. A total blockage of the artery will cause a heart attack.

However when the plaque becomes fragile and ruptures, the danger exists that it can travel to other parts of the body and cause blockages. When this type of blockage prevents blood flow to the brain, the affected individual will experience what is known as a stroke.

Are High Triglyceride Levels are Associated with High Cholesterol?

It is, however, important to note that high triglycerides in the blood are not always associated with high cholesterol levels. Research has managed to establish a link between high triglyceride levels (even though cholesterol levels appear to be normal) and the occurrence of strokes.

Lowering Triglycerides

As with all conditions that involve an excess amount of fats in the blood, one has to consider the diet as a part of the problem. While triglycerides get manufactured in the body, it is important to note that their levels will only increase with excess sugars present in the liver that has not been burnt as part of the daily energy expenditure.

To bring triglycerides’ normal range into focus, you have to understand that they do, in fact, have little to do with the saturated fat intake of the body. It therefore stands to reason that a low-fat diet may not be conducive to low triglyceride levels (even though it may help for other conditions).

Instead it is advisable to limit the intake of all sugars and grains to lower the amount of excess energy in the liver. Fish oil containing omega 3 is also known to combat excess levels of fat in the blood which can aid in the reduction of triglycerides and cholesterol. This helps in directly lowering the chances of heart disease and indirectly decreasing the probability of the occurrence of a stroke.

As a final note on achieving normal triglyceride levels, it is important to take a triglyceride test at your local health care institution. It is also advisable to take fish oil supplements rich in Omega 3 (available from Xtend-Life) as a preventative measure to ensure a long and healthy life.