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There are other things that can influence your triglycerides, but for the most part they're highly related to your diet," says Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian with Cleveland Clinic's Department of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Jones explains that triglycerides and cholesterol can't dissolve in blood, so they attach to proteins called lipoproteins that transport the lipids through your circulatory system.
Losing weight will reduce your intra-abdominal fat, and your triglycerides will come down," says Dr.
This trial, focusing specifically on high triglyceride patients with diabetes, will definitively test whether triglyceride reduction can reduce cardiac events" said Paul Ridker, MD, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at BWH and co-PI of the planned trial.
Those studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the European Union, provide "a very, very strong type of evidence,'' Hegele said, that triglycerides are in fact a cause of heart attacks.
Dividing triglycerides by the fixed number 5 to get an estimate of VLDL-C has provided an easy and widely available clinical construct to capture some information about remnant lipoprotein cholesterol.
There is less evidence to support categorizing levels from 150 mg/dL to 1,000 mg/dL, as the exact level at which serum triglycerides may confer risk for cardiovascular disease is unknown.
It ends up in the liver, which repackages the free fatty acids as triglycerides.
Abnormal levels of triglycerides and other so-called lipid biomarkers have long been associated with increased risk for heart disease and atherosclerosis (plaque buildup inside arteries).
Awareness and monitoring of triglycerides should occur right along with control of LDL and HDL cholesterol levels to help protect individual's cardiovascular health and minimize the risk for stroke," Dr.
High levels of triglycerides carry an increased risk of metabolic abnormalities, heart disease, and premature death.