If you are trying to keep check on your overall health, one of the main things that you should monitor are the Triglycerides levels in your body. We seem to always hear this fancy word thrown around when it comes to blood tests and heart disease monitoring but what do triglycerides levels exactly mean?
The fat present in food is transferred into the human body, and it is stored under the form of Triglycerides, some in the blood stream but mostly in fat tissues. Whenever one consumes food, the calories that we put into our bodies are then converted into necessary energy that we spend; we need input i.e. food, to produce output i.e. activities. However, this day and age, we unfortunately consume more than we need and the excess calories are stored as triglycerides in fat cells only to be released later on by hormones when energy is needed for activities, etc. However, if we continuously consume more than we spend, the triglycerides storage will keep on increasing until it gets too high and develops into hypertriglyceridemia.
Even when one consumes healthy food, if it is not burned out, the excess calories not only from lipids but from carbohydrates and proteins as well will eventually get stored in fat cells and raise the Triglycerides levels. A blood test, which is usually part of the lipid panel, is taken to check the triglyceride levels after about 12 hours of fasting for accurate results. If the results are 150mg/dL or less it is within normal range, results between 150 and 199 mg/dL indicate a proximity to the High range and some prevention measures should therefore be taken to lower it back to the normal range, however one is gambling with danger when the results reach the high range between 200 and 499mg/dL and if the triglycerides blood levels ever go beyond the 500mg/dl mark, well in such a case, the patient better drop everything and make it his or her prime focus and goal to lower the triglycerides levels.
High triglycerides level is very troublesome since it is a strong indicator of an imminent heart attack. They are as good an indicator as the other blood fat levels such as Cholesterol HDL and LDL levels. Studies have shown that simply having a triglyceride level of over 200mg/dL increases the chances of a stroke from a blood clot or a narrowed artery by at least 30%.