Dr Oz: Fix the Fat in Your Blood
Do you know your Triglyceride number? Most people do not, but this is a measure of the fat content in your blood, and your doctor may never even tell you about it. Learn how you have the power to have a major impact on your overall health.
Dr Oz: What Are Trigylcerides?
Dr Oz said he is among the 1/3 of doctors who don’t pay enough attention to this telling number about your health. The body needs and thrives on Triglycerides, fats in the blood that keep the body going. However, you can have too much in your blood, leading to a greater risk of heart disease, especially in women.
Cardiologist Dr Benjamin H. Lewis said that doctors are not traditionally trained to pay much attention to Triglycerides, but new research is proving their importance. Women have a risk that is three times higher than men when it comes to this.
Dr Oz: High Triglycerides
Dr Oz’s entire audience had their Triglycerides checked before the show. Janine from the audience had a reading of 414. This is considered high, but Janine said that she always thought this was part of your typical Cholesterol numbers. She had been more concerned about her sugar.
There is a connection, but Dr Oz said Janine is one of many people who don’t know what they are looking at with this number. What if a sugar married a fat and they had a baby? That was Dr Oz’s explanation of what a Triglyceride is.
Dr Oz shared some blood samples, which ran from clear to cloudy to creamy, and the creamy end of the spectrum is what can clog arteries. Janine said it was scary for her to see globs of fat in her own blood.
Dr Oz: Triglycerides Vs Cholesterol
Doctor Oz said you actually can control your Triglycerides. First, he explained the relationship with Cholesterol. Here is his pneumonic device for Cholesterol.
- HDL – Health Cholesterol
- LDL – Lousy Cholesterol
- Triglycerides – Tattletale
Cholesterol is primarily controlled by genetics. But Triglycerides will tell your doctor whether or not your body is eating the right things, which is why it can be high or low even if it is not correlated to your cholesterol numbers.
Dr Oz: Reversible High Triglycerides Causes
There are five major causes of high Triglycerides:
- Bad Fat
- No Exercise
Eating 300 fewer calories per day can reduce your Triglycerides by up to 20%. Doctors don’t focus on this because it’s something controlled almost entirely by the patient.
A combination of all these factors can cause cell walls to be clogged and blocked. But Doctor Oz said you have the ability to reverse this without using medication. “When you understand what the numbers are and how fast you can change these risk factors, you can alter this and keep it altered forever,” he said.
Dr Oz: Triglyceride Readings Chart
Dr Oz said his own Triglyceride reading was an 81. But what do you need to know about your reading? Ask your doctor for a blood test or watch for a free clinic in your area to get a quick finger test reading.
- Under 100 – Ideal
- Under 150 – Average
- 150-200 – Borderline
- Over 200 – High