Triglycerides and Diabetes

When it comes to triglycerides, diabetes is intricately connected with it, both as a reason as well as an effect of high triglycerides. It is common for a diabetic person to accumulate fat in his/her body due to the increase of triglycerides in blood, especially when the disease is not controlled properly through adequate treatment. It is not uncommon either for a person previously suffering only from high blood triglycerides to develop diabetes. The reason as to why triglyceride levels may increase due to the effects of diabetes is related to the fact that diabetes mellitus is directly responsible for increasing glucose levels in the blood stream. The calorie rich glucose molecules are directly converted into triglycerides in order to be used later and thus the boost in triglyceride levels is brought on. On the other hand, some researchers are of the opinion that triglycerides, after crossing a certain level can actually make the body more resistant to insulin. Insulin resistance would of course lead to raised sugar levels in one’s blood and that would increase the chances of developing diabetes by a huge percentage. It should however, be kept in mind that the relations between diabetes and triglycerides are not completely understood yet, therefore one should take these findings as an warning against a possibility, rather than a infallible rule.

Unlike in diabetes mellitus, where the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed due to an autoimmune disorder, in type 2 diabetes, the insulin turns out to be ineffective in processing the blood glucose and that of course leads to massive triglyceride amplification. The reason as to why the insulin becomes ineffective is once again related to triglyceride. Triglyceride turns into fat when the body is not in need of the reserve energy immediately. It is these fat cells that release free fatty acids into the blood stream which are largely responsible for interfering with insulin reactions within the body. Although, diabetics are susceptible to a lot of diseases, but their chances of developing cardiac diseases are even higher due to the association of triglycerides and diabetes.

Although triglyceride is not the only substance in our blood that has the potential to give rise to diabetes, it should be monitored and kept under control to reduce the chance of diabetes and a host of other diseases like fatty liver, pancreatitis, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, obesity and LDL cholesterol to name a few. If someone already has diabetes however, he/she must take proper medications and follow medical instructions strictly to avoid developing a high level of triglyceride as they are definitely more susceptible to triglyceride related issues than non-diabetics. It should also be noted that when the medications are taken for diabetes, it also helps to reduce triglycerides as it gives the liver the chance to process triglycerides. It has been found that a diet to lower triglycerides is often quite similar and beneficial to diabetics because both of the diets exclude items that might raise blood glucose and triglyceride levels (alcohol, sweets, fried and oily food etc) while include foods to lower triglycerides (coniferous vegetables, fish oil, coconut oil, palm oil, fruits etc).