When it comes to heart health, the largest and most common form of fat in food and the bloodstream—triglycerides—has taken a back seat to "bad" LDL cholesterol and "good" HDL cholesterol in the public's awareness. That's changing as researchers get a grip on how triglycerides influence the risk of heart disease, reports the February 2008 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.
Triglycerides are in the danger zone when they slide above 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood. To keep triglycerides in check, lifestyle changes are usually the best place to start, notes the Harvard Heart Letter. These eight steps can lead to impressive reductions in triglycerides:
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