People who worry about cardiovascular health should keep an eye on their cholesterol levels and blood pressure as well as the level of triglycerides in their blood. Triglycerides are a type of fat present in the blood, high concentrations of which can increase the risk of developing heart disease. Some people are genetically at greater risk of high triglycerides. However, lifestyle can help control triglycerides, even for those who are at higher risk.
Triglycerides are created from the breakdown of dietary fat. The body can also make triglycerides from carbohydrates, especially when the diet contains an abundance of refined carbohydrates and sugar. When we ingest food, some of the calories that the body does not currently require are converted into triglycerides and stored in the body's fat cells. In between meals, the body releases hormones to convert triglycerides into energy. When one eats more calories than the body can burn, triglyceride levels may rise. When a doctor tests a patient's cholesterol levels, they will often check triglyceride levels.
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