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Tip: To Keep Triglycerides Low, Do Light Exercise after Meals

A new study suggests that it’s not only doing exercise that can keep triglyceride levels in check, but also the timing of that exercise that makes a difference.

Researchers in Japan have found light exercise, especially done after meals, may prevent triglyceride levels from rising. Their study is published in the February 2013 scientific journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Triglycerides occur naturally in the body as fat in the blood, which, at normal levels, provide the body with energy. Health problems occur, however, when triglyceride levels become too high. High triglyceride levels, detected in the same blood test used to measure cholesterol, can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, heart attacks and more. Obesity, poorly controlled diabetes, hypothyroidism (or underactive thyroid) and high alcohol consumption can increase triglycerides, while exercise has been shown to lower levels.

Researchers in this study found that healthy people who engaged in low-intensity exercise—a combination of walking and light resistance exercises–suppressed the elevation of post-meal triglyceride concentration. And that was after eating high-fat meals. Workouts before meals also suppress elevation of triglycerides, but to a lesser degree than post-meal exercise.

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