High Triglycerides

Along with the cholesterol levels, it is necessary to keep an eye on one’s triglyceride as well. Ever since it became more widely known that high triglycerides can also be responsible for life-threatening heart diseases like atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, awareness has increased significantly. What most people don’t know however is the fact that it contributes to a number of other non-cardiac diseases like liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes etc, and even obesity is both a cause as well as a symptom of high blood triglycerides. Too high levels of the lipid can cause specific disorders like fatty liver, but that only happens if the blood triglyceride goes up to 500 mg/dL or above. In addition to the health issues that are often results of increased blood triglycerides, these lipids also play a major role in the manufacturing of the lipoprotein cholesterol. Although high density lipoproteins or HDL cholesterols are good for the body, the low density lipoproteins or LDL cholesterols are detrimental to one’s health. It has been found that an increase in one’s triglyceride levels is usually accompanied by a significant increase in LDL cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, the HDL cholesterol levels are found to go down when blood triglyceride levels increase, thus making high triglycerides an imminent sign of danger for the heart.

Among the various causes of high triglycerides, obesity or being overweight is a fairly common one. As triglyceride is quickly turned into fat if the body is not in need of it at that moment, having excess bodily fat is a sign that the person in question probably has high blood triglyceride levels. Fat around the waist area is considered to be the most prominent sign of obesity related high triglycerides. Obesity is often a result of an imbalanced diet, rich in carbohydrates, glucose, oily food and a lack of adequate physical activity capable of burning the extra calories. Another dietary intake that can seriously raise triglyceride levels very quickly and alarmingly is alcohol. Alcohol consumption is to be avoided even in the slightest of amounts if one is already suffering from medical conditions like diabetes, but overconsumption can raise fat levels even in those without a prior medical history of raised triglyceride levels. However, it might not always be the case as there are medical conditions such as thyroid malfunctions that can make one fat even if that person follows a healthy diet. That brings us to other causes of high triglycerides that are mostly independent of a person’s dietary habits. As mentioned earlier, hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland can raise your triglyceride levels, but so can kidney disease, liver disease, Familial hypertriglyceridemia, diabetes and even certain kinds of medications like tamoxifen, diuretics, contraceptive pills, beta blockers and steroids. The reasons are at times interconnected and sometimes there are more reasons responsible for high triglycerides than just one; an example of such a condition is the metabolic syndrome where high blood pressure and high blood sugar work together to raise health issues. If a blood test shows that triglyceride levels have increased beyond the established safety standards, then it is advised to consult a doctor in order to determine the reasons and discuss ways to reduce it.