Triglycerides

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Triglycerides are general fats found in the blood. They are also called lipids. Most of the triglycerides present in the blood is derived from fats obtained from the food. Calories that are not used by the body are converted to triglycerides and stored as fats in the cells. These fats are released from the fat tissues as per the body's requirement of energy between meals. Normal level of triglycerides in the blood is less than 150 mg/dL. Triglycerides level of 150 to 199 mg/dL in the blood is called borderline-high triglycerides. Even higher levels lead to hypertriglyceridemia, a risk factor for coronary artery disease. High triglycerides may also cause chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and other heart diseases. This section will address all your common queries about cholesterol, lipid profile, VLDL, HDL and triglycerides.

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