Have You Checked Your Palms Recently?

Health & Wellness

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….no, I am not talking about having your palms read recently!  Look closely at your palms…if you see yellow streaking, it could be a sign that your blood levels of fat (also known as triglycerides) are too high.  Having a high level of triglycerides (above 200 mg/dL or 2.3 mmol/L) raises your risk of diabetes and heart disease.  The picture shown above is from a patient who came to see me…turns out his triglyceride level was over 700!

After treatment that included a diet rich in salmon (see my last blog), his triglyceride levels came down to normal and…his yellow streaks disappeared!

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Bottom line: check your palms and if you see yellowish streaks, ask your physician to check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  You’ll be glad you did!

Dr. Michael Miller is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Check out his latest book, “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease

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