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Elevated Triglycerides Overview

Another name for Elevated Triglycerides is High Triglycerides.

What are high triglycerides?
A person with high triglycerides has a triglyceride level over 150 mg/dl. Triglycerides are fats found throughout the body and the bloodstream. A triglyceride is a form of fat that provides energy for the body. Triglycerides are made by the liver and intestines, but are also present in food. Although triglycerides are essential for good health, a high triglyceride level increases the risk of atherosclerosis. The most common cause of high triglycerides is a high fat diet.

What are the symptoms of high triglycerides?
A high triglyceride level does not cause symptoms. High triglycerides in the bloodstream accelerate the process of atherosclerosis, which can cause symptoms of heart disease, stroke or peripheral vascular disease.

How does the doctor treat high triglycerides?
In general, the treatment for high triglycerides includes weight reduction, exercise, a low cholesterol diet, a low fat diet, a high fiber diet, a diet high in omega-3-fatty acids, vitamin supplements, and medications that lower serum triglyceride levels.

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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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