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How do Triglycerides affect your health condition?

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Jan 18, 2013
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Experts say that blood triglyceride levels between 50 - 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 0.6 - 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) of blood can be considered as normal. You should aim to maintain blood triglyceride levels between 70 mg/dL and 100 mg/dL, or 0.8 - 1.1 mmol/L. This level is most optimal for cardiovascular health.

Triglycerides and Diabetes

Diabetes: Diabetes has become a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. The blood sugar levels are elevated in people with diabetes due to inadequate production of insulin or utilization of insulin. Insulin is the hormone which is needed for proper utilization and metabolism carbohydrates (sugar) in your diet. Carbohydrates in your food are metabolized by your body to glucose (blood sugar). The blood sugar is used by your cells as energy to perform its various activities. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and it helps the cells and tissues of the body to use glucose in the blood.

Triglycerides: Triglycerides, or the 'ugly fats', are formed in the liver from the calories from your food that are not immediately used. Triglycerides are stored in your fat cells.An important function of stored triglycerides to make sure that all the tissues of the body get the energy they need to function well. In between meals triglycerides are broken down to release energy.

 
Triglycerides and Diabetes Interaction

The exact relationship between triglycerides and diabetes is not known. But the relationship between triglycerides and diabetes is two-sided:

    * According to some experts excess triglycerides increases the chances of insulin resistance. In people with pre-diabetes high triglycerides levels can impair the body’s ability to use glucose effectively-----and it leads to diabetes.
    * Similarly diabetes can affect triglyceride levels---as your body does not utilize glucose properly the excess glucose is converted to triglyceride. The blood triglyceride levels can be significantly elevated in people with poorly controlled diabetes (blood sugar levels).
    * Some research shows that excess triglyceride level increases the risk of diabetic neuropathy.
    * The high triglyceride level increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in people with diabetes.

These few facts about triglyceride and diabetes interaction clearly indicate that high triglycerides and diabetes is a precarious combination. You should aim to maintain healthy levels of triglycerides to prevent diabetes. And if you are a diabetic--- control your blood sugar levels appropriately to stop the triglyceride levels from rising.

Triglycerides and heart health

Experts say that blood triglyceride levels between 50 - 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 0.6 - 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) of blood can be considered as normal.You should aim to maintain blood triglyceride levelsbetween 70 mg/dL and 100 mg/dL, or 0.8 - 1.1 mmol/L. This level is most optimal forcardiovascular health.

    * Your liver uses triglycerides as fuel to make cholesterol. Hence it is likely that if your triglycerides levels are high your blood cholesterol levels will be high as well, but there can be exceptions.The bad fats in your blood (LDL cholesterol) get deposited on the inner walls of the blood vessels.
    * If your blood triglyceride levels are elevated the good cholesterol or the HDL cholesterol decreases.

These can significantly increase your risk of various kinds of heart diseases and stroke.
 
Some experts believe that the triglycerides/HDL ratio is an important predi...

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