About High Triglycerides
If your triglyceride test has come back with a reading of over 200 mg/dL, you may have high triglycerides. However, before making an official diagnosis, your healthcare provider will make sure you've fasted properly before your test; inadequate fasting can skew the results.
As the main storage form of fat in the body, triglycerides provide energy and serve as building blocks for cells. However, when triglyceride levels become too high, it can increase your risk for developing heart disease and other medical conditions. Some of the risk factors associated with this condition include:
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive alcohol use.
Treatment often involves losing weight, changing your diet, and replacing any medications known to increase triglyceride levels. Many people with high triglycerides also respond well to fish or fish oil in their diet. For most people, these steps will lower triglycerides to a normal level. If these steps are not effective, your healthcare provider may recommend medication.
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