Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. Our body uses them for energy. A normal amount of triglycerides in the blood is good. However, higher levels of triglycerides are associated with a number of health problems. According to the American Heart Association, the triglyceride levels found in your blood are classified as follows:
|150–199 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|500 mg/dL and above||Very high|
|mg means milligrams and dL means deci-Liters|
Common causes for elevated triglycerides include:
High triglycerides are associated with a number of very serious health conditions and diseases. These include:
Many times it is possible to lower your triglycerides if they are elevated. One way is to consume omega-3s from fish oil, not flaxseed oil. Click here to learn more about how to lower your triglycerides.