High Triglycerides Symptoms

In case of people with high triglycerides, symptoms are rare and hard to note as it is not exactly a disease, but the reason or cause behind a lot of diseases. When the body receives more calories than it needs, the liver transforms the calories into triglycerides so that they can be used at a later time. If the triglyceride is left unused, then it is transformed into saturated fat and therefore, the more the level of blood triglyceride increases, the fatter a person gets. Obesity can therefore be viewed as a high triglycerides symptom. Even before a person becomes clinically obese, signs of accumulating fat (especially near the waste) themselves should be read as a sign of danger because if someone is overweight, chances are that his/her triglyceride levels are on the rise as well. A more typical symptom is however, observed in patients who suffer from hyperlipidemia. Xanthomas or yellowish “fat” bumps are sometimes seen on the eyelids and other areas of the body in patients who are either suffering from hyperlipidemia due to a genetic disorder or diabetes related complications. There are chiefly two kinds of xanthomas, eruptive and non-eruptive. The non-eruptive xanthomas (the result of elevated cholesterol levels) are relatively harmless but xanthomas that are the result of excessive blood triglyceride are usually eruptive. The color of the eruptive papules range from yellowish-orange to reddish-brown and at times, the doctor might suggest a biopsy of the xanthomas to determine whether they are malignant or not.

Apart from the fat deposits under the skin (xanthoma) and visible accumulation of bodily fat, there are no typical high triglycerides symptoms, but the diseases that high blood triglyceride is often the cause of, are at times treated as symptoms. In extreme cases where the triglyceride level has crossed 500 mg/dL (it can go up 2000 mg/dL or even higher), people may suffer from diseases like pancreatitis and fatty liver. Fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, excruciating stomach aches, etc can be caused by excess blood triglyceride, but they can be the symptom of so many other diseases that it would be inappropriate to treat them as one of the high triglycerides symptoms. Increased LDL cholesterol is almost always accompanied by high triglycerides, thus high cholesterol levels can be viewed as a symptom. Medical tests called lipid profiles are usually done to check the cholesterol levels, but they also contain necessary information regarding triglyceride levels.

Diabetes causes the blood glucose level to increase rapidly; subsequently, the excess glucose is turned into triglyceride molecules. As raised triglyceride levels are found to be responsible for high LDL cholesterol levels as well, diabetes can therefore be treated as a probable cause for both high triglyceride and high cholesterol. Conversely, high levels of fat in the body can also be responsible for diabetes. What happens is that the cells become immune to the actions of insulin due to excess saturated fat depositions on them, and that is known as Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is therefore a symptom of elevated fat levels or in other words, it is a high triglycerides symptom, in addition to being a probable cause as well.