We Simply Cannot Ignore
It is commonly accepted that high triglycerides put one at higher risk for heart disease. Then why do some doctors seem to ignore high triglycerides?
Because there is disagreement concerning whether high triglycerides alone cause heart disease. The main reason for this dilemma is high triglyceride risk factors commonly occur with other risk factors such as…
The explanation goes something like this…
After we eat a fatty meal our bodies react. They go into transport mode. The substances that need to be transported do not dissolve in water very well. These include fats, waxes, and terpenes.
Our bodies leave lipoproteins in the blood to transport these substances. However, if we have high triglycerides this transport system does not work as efficiently. Fragments in the blood are not cleared away as quickly as when our triglyceride levels are normal. This transportation delay has been shown to increase CHD risk.
High triglyceride risk factors have a greater affect with people who have Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is not a disease. Rather it describes a constellation of factors that increase one’s risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
If you have metabolic syndrome you will most likely suffer from abdominal obesity, glucose intolerance, high insulin levels, sometimes type-2 diabetes. Each of these factors increases our risk for heart disease. The combination of these factors increases the likelihood of coronary heart disease even higher.
In particular high triglycerides and high cholesterol seem to increase the build up of plaque on the artery walls. This is called atherosclerosis.
Research is progressing on the relationship between triglycerides and coronary heart disease. The point to remember is that high triglycerides now appear to be more than an indicator of cardiovascular problems. They may also represent an independent risk factor particularly in relation to atherosclerosis. This alone makes high triglyceride risk factors something to consider seriously.
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