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19 April 2011

Lifestyle changes cut blood fat levels

Healthy lifestyle changes can significantly lower elevated levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat associated with heart disease and other health problems, say the American Heart Association.

Healthy lifestyle changes can significantly lower elevated levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat associated with heart disease and other health problems, say the American Heart Association.

Clinically, the new guidelines recommend lowering optimal triglyceride levels to less than 100 mg/dL and using non-fasting triglyceride testing as an initial screen.

Diet changes suggested

  • added sugar to less than 5 to 10% of kilojoules consumed, or about 420kJ per day for women and 630kJ for men
  • trans fat to less than 1% of total kilojoules
  • alcohol
  • fructose from both processed and natural foods to less than 50 to 100 grams per day

 
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