|01-31-2007, 05:51 PM||#1|
| shmadufa |
Experience: 3-5 Years
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: San Diego
i just got my blood checked and i have high triglycerides. the only supplments that i take are protien shakes and BCAA's. they say it is from eating too much carbs, but i have to eat alot(carbs/proteins/fats) to gain lean muscle. do any of you guys have this condition?
|02-01-2007, 06:58 AM||#4|
| EricT |
Experience: 7-10 Years
Join Date: Jul 2005
Triglycerides are forms of fat in your blood. Pretty much ANY excess calories can be turned into tryglycerides which can be used by the body for fuel. Surplus is stored in fat cells to be released (knock on wood) as trygycerides back into the blood to be burned. The carb thing is just your typycal "food discrimination". It's excess calories that matter. If the carbs are a significant enough source of calories and represent than you burn than the result can be high trigycerices. The same with protein or fat too.
Having high triglycerides in and of itself doesn't necessarily mean you are in danger if it's not accompanied by other things like high blood pressure, high "bad" cholesterol, blood sugar problems, etc. But long term it's likely all that could develop. The way my doctor has done it the triglycerides are done with a cholesterol check.
Don't know how much you ate before but you may have increased your calories too much too abruptly. But basically the way to control that is to take in less energy or burn more. EFA's like Enig mentioned are very important but they won't lower you triglycerides directly. They can help protect you from bad effects of them such as LDL joining with fat and forming deposits. In a nutshell high blood triglycerides in the long term can lead to artheriosclerosis and heart disease.
BTW, this stuff is off the top of my head so always check up on it as I can't guarantee I remember everything perfectly. But the general gyst is correct.
Also, was this a fasting lipid test? It occurs to me that bodybuilders, being that we eat a lot and are active, are bound to have this. It would be a more accurate test if you hadn't eaten in a good while. If your levels were still high then, to me, that would represent more of a syndrome than just a random test.
You definitely do need to limit saturated fat and trans fat. Get you EFA's especially Omega 3's. Get in monounsaturated fats like olive oil.