How can a high level of triglycerides affect my health if my cholesterol is normal and my LDL and HDL are both low? I presume that you meant that LDL and HDL were both normal . This is more important than the actual triglyceride number (I will actually get to your answer after I get the rest of this off my chest). LDL cholesterol is what we call the "bad" portion of cholesterol that gets modified to become a major constituent of atherosclerosis leading to heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease and strokes. HDL cholesterol is actually the "good" portion of cholesterol and protects us from the "bad" portion. If HDL cholesterol is actually low, it can only be raised by discontinuation of smoking and/or an increase in daily exercise patterns. Doctors and laboratories calculate a risk index based on the LDL and target this number as the goal of our treatment. If you have risk factors for early stroke, heart attack or death, we aim at an LDL cholesterol...
Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Cholesterol levels that are too high can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems.
The medical term for high blood cholesterol is lipid disorder, or hyperlipidemia.
Lipid disorders; Hyperlipoproteinemia; Hyperlipidemia; Dyslipidemia; Hypercholesterolemia
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
There are many types of cholesterol. The ones talked about most are:
Total cholesterol - all the cholesterols combined
High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - often called "good" cholesterol
Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - often called "bad" cholesterol
For most people, abnormal cholesterol levels are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle -- most commonly, eating a diet that is high in fat . Other lifestyle factors are:
Heavy alcohol use
Lack of exercise ...
Alternative Names Triacylglycerol test Normal Values Normal : Less than 150 mg/dL Borderline High : 150 - 199 mg/dL High : 200 - 499 mg/dL Very High : 500 mg/dL or above What abnormal results mean High triglyceride levels may be due to: Cirrhosis Diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates Familial hyperlipoproteinemia (rare) Hypothyroidism Nephrotic syndrome Pancreatitis Poorly controlled diabetes Low triglyceride levels may be due to: Low fat diet Hyperthyroidism Malabsorption syndrome Malnutrition Additional conditions under which the test may be performed: Chylomicronemia syndrome Hyperlipidemia; acquired Familial combined hyperlipidemia Familial dysbetalipoproteinemia Familial hypertriglyceridemia Familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD) Stroke secondary to atherosclerosis
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