Lower Those Triglycerides!
Triglycerides. Are you familiar with them? They are a type of fat in the blood linked to heart health.Do you have high triglycerides? This could mean increased risk of heart disease. Or, if you have Type 2 diabetes, it could mean that your diabetes is not under control.When did you last have your triglycerides checked? Do you know what your levels are? Ask your doctor for more information. The new American Heart Association Guidelines for Triglycerides are as follows:
- Optimal: <100 mg/dl
- Normal: <150 mg/dl
- Borderline High: 150-199 mg/dl
- High: 200-499 mg/dl
Strategies to get triglyceride levels down:
- Limit foods with added sugar to <100 calories/day for women and <150 calories/day for men. Foods with natural sugar (fruits and veggies!) are fine.
- Limit saturated fats and trans fats, replacing with healthy oils, nuts and fish.
- Daily exercise that adds up to 150 minutes/week.
- Lose weight (especially around the tummy).
- Limit alcohol.
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
- Bump up whole-grain fiber.
This vegetarian entree perfectly follows that American Heart Association guidelines for healthy fats (olive oil), veggies (onions, black beans and green peas) and more whole-grains (whole-wheat penne pasta).