I'm vegan and my triglyceride levels are high normal. Why?
Patient : Hi, I recently had a blood test and most of my results were good - iron, b12, calcium, Vit D, cholestoral, thyroid, etc. However, my triglycerides were 2.2 which is supposed to be borderline high. Apparently this has a lot to do with diet. However, I have been vegan for a year, and vegetarian for about 12 years. I eat very little vegetable oil (maybe eat something fried probably once every month or so), I dont drink much. I'm not overweight (about 130 pounds, 5'4") I was wondering what is likely to be causing my triglycerides to be high? I'm female and 27 years old
You should cut down on sweets because it can also elevate triglycerides. Excess carbohydrates (sugar) will be converted d to fat, If you are a vegetarian for the longest time, use vinaigrettes instead of cream-based dressings (ranch, Caesar) because the latter will also elevate triglyceride levels. Having a moderate regular exercise regimen is also wise. Canola oil and olive oil are the 2 healthiest cooking oils; try using these instead. I commend you for eating healthy and please continue to do so. I wish you well always and take care.
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