Triglycerides (VLDL Cholesterol)

Triglycerides are a particular form of fat that is transported through your blood to the tissue. The majority of your body's fat tissue is made up of triglycerides. However, high level of triglyceride in the blood can be a risk for heart disease.

Triglycerides is usually measured when you have your LDL cholesterol is checked by your physician. The optimal number for your triglycerides would be anything 150 or less.

Serum triglycerides come from two sources. The first source is the foods that you eat. If you consume a meal containing a lot of fat, your intestine will package some of those fats and transport them to your liver. The second source is your actual liver. Once the fats are received by the liver, it then takes fatty acids released by your fat cells and bundles them up as triglycerides, which are then sent out to the rest of your body to use as fuel.

There is some controversy relating around high triglyceride levels and if they alone are the cause for heart disease. The reason for this debate is that many people having high LDL and low HDL also have high triglyceride levels. Other health conditions related to high triglycerides include high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney and liver circulatory disease, and hypothyroidism.

Research shows that you can lower your triglycerides without the use of medication although that is an option if needed or prescribed by your doctor.

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