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What are Triglycerides?

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Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists. Triglycerides are the human body's storage form of fat. Blood triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dl are considered high, and may also play a role in forming plaque. Being overweight, drinking large amounts of alcohol, having diabetes and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) can cause high blood triglycerides. weird toes on a scaleTo reduce elevated triglyceride levels:

  • Keep blood glucose levels in a normal range
  • Limit sugars, sweets, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Limit your intake of fats and saturated fats

If you would like to find out your HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, ask your health care provider for a lipid profile. A blood lipid profile is a blood test for your total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and triglyceride level, (LDL-cholesterol is estimated from these numbers).

*Note: You need to fast for 12 hours before a blood lipid profile

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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.