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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 body. This is a type of fat present in the blood, high concentrations of which can increase the risk of developing heart disease. The presence of triglycerides is an indication of lifestyle choices. An overall healthy body will usually have normal or low levels of triglycerides.

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1. What are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are fat primarily accumulated from the foods we eat. When we ingest food, any calories that the body does not currently require are converted into triglycerides and stores 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 rise. When a doctor tests a patient's cholesterol levels, they will check triglyceride levels.

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