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At National Today, we stand by the words of our health being the ultimate wealth, and you can be sure that we are going to be waving that banner this National Triglycerides Day on March 28. Just like all things in life require balance, so does our nutritional intake. Too much of anything, even if they are vitamins, can be harmful. This is the reason why high triglyceride levels, which are important lipid compounds that help with providing us with energy, can be extremely detrimental. While in many cases high triglycerides levels can be treated using medications, recent studies have shown that in older people (namely 50 and above), triglyceride levels rise because of hormonal changes.
History of National Triglycerides Day
Being of sound health is one of the most important commodities in the world today, especially with National Triglycerides Day coming up. It is essential to celebrate this day because it’s a reminder of how important life is and all the amazing things it has in store for us. Thus, without further ado, let’s take a look at what triglycerides are.
Triglycerides, at the very basic, are fatty acids consisting of saturated fat/unsaturated fat and glycerol (a type of glucose). Also known as lipids, these fatty compounds are created by our bodies when we have excess carbohydrates or sugar. Triglycerides, mainly stored on the hips and stomach, provide energy. When you are eating margarine, meat, butter, or other dairy products, you are ingesting triglycerides.
Having high triglycerides levels can lead to heart diseases and related complications. Doctors test the levels using a blood test called a lipid profile. A lipid profile will not only show your triglycerides levels but also your cholesterol level and saturated/unsaturated fats level. Your doctor will then accordingly assign treatment for you and this can range from medications and dietary changes to physical exercise.
National Triglycerides Day was first celebrated in 2018 by doctors worldwide as a way of bringing much-needed attention to the issue. People aged 20 and above should regularly get their triglycerides levels checked as many factors can start impacting their health. Eating healthy from a young age and exercising regularly can help prevent short-term as well as long-term issues. Trust us, your body will thank you for the initiatives you take now instead of later. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
National Triglycerides Day timeline
After tests are conducted on lab rats, it is discovered that introducing lipoic acid into a diet can lower triglycerides levels significantly.
National Triglycerides Day is made official.
Recent studies show that, with age, hormonal changes can lead to increased triglycerides levels.
Researchers at Princeton University and Texas A&M University are closely studying the triglycerides’ structure to come up with newer, better, and more effective ways to lower their levels.
National Triglycerides Day FAQs
What foods can I eat to reduce my triglycerides levels?
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help reduce your triglycerides levels. Things like fish and natural sweeteners like honey, etc. are just a few food items doctors suggest. It is best to consult with your physician on what’s best for you.
When is the best time to take a triglycerides test?
Usually, you should have your test done while you are fasting. This is because triglyceride levels, like glucose levels, can be the highest when you have just eaten.
Does fasting lower triglycerides?
Recent studies have shown that fasting does lower triglycerides levels. Your diet and metabolism, amongst other factors, can influence your triglycerides levels. Once again, it is best to ask your physician what type of fasting you can do to achieve your goals.
How to Observe National Triglycerides Day
Get your triglycerides levels checked
It’s always better to get yourself regularly checked at the doctor. The earlier you detect something wrong, the easier the treatment. And if, in the end, everything is okay, you have a reason to celebrate.
Maintain a good diet and exercise regularly
Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, always opt for leading a good lifestyle by eating healthy and moving that body around.
Spread awareness about the day
With social media and the internet at your fingertips, you can use these tools to spread awareness and pointers about the day and its importance. Join campaigns and/or donate to your local hospitals/research facilities.
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Why National Triglycerides Day is Important
It’s a celebration of appreciating life
How many times has it happened that we have only been grateful for something when we no longer have it? By appreciating life and taking care of it, we can move towards a better future for ourselves and our loved ones.
It’s a celebration of giving support
By spreading awareness about the day, we are lending support to those who are fighting the disease, both the doctors and the patients in this case. It is crucial to provide moral support to these people as they will need the strength to keep moving forward.
It’s a celebration of scientific feats
Extensive research and studies are being carried on as you are reading this. Some of the first types of fats were first found back in the 1700s and, since then, we have come a long way. The latest results showcase that there’s hope for finding novel ways to treat high triglycerides levels.
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