Have Normal Ldl And Hdl But Really High Triglycerides?!


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Have Normal Ldl And Hdl But Really High Triglycerides?!


I am a 22 yr old female who is 5'4'' and weighs 110lbs. I exercise about 3 times a week and eat mostly healthy. Recently I went for a pysical exam and the doctor said there was a high level of glucose in my urine and ordered a glucose tolerance test for diabetes. When the results came through, she said I did not have diabetes but found that my cholestral was too high, my trigylcerides were 229, ldl 97 and hld a 66. She told me that this indicates that I need to change my diet and eat healthier, which suprised me since I already eat a low fat, low sugar diet. I am wondering if there are other reasons for this or other health problems that this could be an indication of? Also, I have low blood pressure.



Hi HelpPlease,

First, you're doing a great job staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a low fat/sugar diet. Make sure you're not cutting fats too low. You do need an adequate intake of healthy unsaturated fats to support a high HDL level.

Now, the high triglycerides could be the result of too much alcohol, high intake of simple carbohydrates (not selecting whole grain products), and of course there's always genetics.

I recommend you review this article on triglycerides to make sure you're doing everything you can to support a low triglyceride level.

Triglycerides: Why They Matter and How to Lower Them

You may also want to discuss and "expanded lipid profile" with your MD to get a full picture of your heart health and rule out an complicating factors that may be affecting triglyceride levels.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD

How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN