What is a Triglyceride?
Most people are recommended by their Doctor to keep an eye on their cholesterol levels. When someone gets, routine bloodwork done, a cholesterol check usually comes back with LDL, HDL, and Triglyceride levels. The LDL number is usually given the most attention, but it is also necessary to monitor the triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are important and a certain amount is needed in the blood to serve as a source of energy, but too much may be harmful and is known as Hypertriglyceridemia.
Hypertriglyceridemia often does not have obvious symptoms, so the only way to tell that someone has it is by a blood test. Untreated Hypertriglyceridemia can be dangerous and may increase the risk of:
- Heart Attack
- Acute Pancreatitis (Pancreatitis can cause problems with digestion, stomach pain, and damage to your pancreas.)
The level of Triglycerides in the blood usually increases as people get older, but there are also some things that put someone more at risk including:
- Being Overweight
- Excess alcohol intake
- Lack of physical activity
- Type 2 diabetes
Diet and lifestyle changes are often the first steps toward lowering triglyceride levels, but sometimes additional treatment options are needed. If you are worried about your triglyceride levels, we may have an option for you. If you would like to participate in a study, contact our research team at 937-534-4238 or contact us sign up below.