account for the largest proportion of fats in the diet,
in the adipose tissue (fat tissue), and in the blood.
after a meal, triglycerides appear in the blood as the
major constituents of chylomicrons.
a storage form of energy. They are stored in adipose
tissue and muscles and are gradually released and metabolized
between meals according to the energy needs of the body.
Research has shown that quite a large number of people who
have heart disease also have high triglyceride levels. On
the other hand, some people with very high triglyceride
levels show no signs of plaque buildup. For this reason,
experts can't be sure that triglycerides are a direct
cause of atherosclerosis.
High triglyceride levels are
often associated with low HDL-C ("Healthy") cholesterol.
Elevated triglycerides are also associated with an increased
tendency for blood to clot, which can increase the risk of
a heart attack or stroke.
Weight loss, reduction in alcohol
intake, exercise and good control of diabetes often normalizes
triglyceride levels. Reducing the amount of simple sugars
and refined carbohydrates (soft drinks, sweets, juices, excess
white bread and pasta) and the amount of all sources of fat
greatly reduces triglyceride levels. Omega 3 fats also help