High Triglycerides Increase
Risk Of Coronary Heart Disease

High Triglycerides: What Is The Risk?

If high triglycerides actually put someone at greater risk for developing coronary heart disease then triglyceride levels become a very important health concern. The reason for this is that coronary heart disease is the top killer of men and women in the US and other nations.

People have become accustomed to the idea that high total cholesterol is bad for heart health. But many people are uncertain what to think about triglycerides. Yet the following studies indicate strongly that…

High triglycerides are an independent risk factor for developing coronary heart disease.
If we take the research seriously then we should conclude that keeping our triglycerides within acceptable levels is of the utmost importance.

What Does The Research Show?

There has been a multitude of studies from different perspectives on the subject of triglycerides and heart health.

One analysis of multiple case studies involved nearly 300,000 participants in 29 different studies. One conclusion of the overall analysis was…
The authors observed that the top third of log-triglyceride values was associated with a 50% increased risk of coronary heart disease compared with the lower third. They also noted no major differences in risk by sex or in studies conducted among fasting versus nonfasting participants.
See American Heart Association abstract on this study.

Another study focusing on women of Norwegian decent tried to determine the relationship between triglyceride levels and mortality from…

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • All causes
The participants included 25,058 men and 24,535 women between the ages of 35 and 49 years. Each participant underwent cardiovascular screening for an average of 14.6 years.

The study concluded that in women…
Mortality increased steadily with increasing triglyceride concentration for all three causes of death.
And further…
A raised non-fasting concentration of triglycerides is an independent risk factor for mortality from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and any cause mortality among middle aged Norwegian women in contrast to what is seen in men.
Read more on this study.

Another study involving Japanese men and women purposed…
To examine the relation of triglycerides with coronary heart disease among populations with low mean total cholesterol.
The study was designed to determine if triglycerides promote coronary heart disease even when cholesterol levels are within an acceptable range. The study involved 4,452 men and 6,616 women between the ages of 40 and 69 years. All of the participants were free of coronary heart disease and stroke at the beginning of the study. The authors concluded that…
The coronary heart disease incidence was greater in a dose-response manner across increasing quartiles of nonfasting triglycerides for both sexes.
Nonfasting serum triglycerides predict the incidence of coronary heart disease among Japanese men and women who possess low mean values of total cholesterol.
See more on this study.

Now What?

It has often been the case that a doctor would not treat a patient for high triglycerides when the patient’s total serum cholesterol was within an acceptable range. The last study cited above strongly suggests that high triglycerides should be lowered even when other coronary heart disease risk factors are not present.

Remember, hundreds of thousands of people die each year from coronary heart disease in the US alone. This fact is even more startling when one considers that…
Many of the risk factors that promote CHD are within our control.
In short, many people are dying each year simply because they do not take care of themselves.

Heart Health Note:

For many people lowering triglycerides is a matter of changing a few habits. Triglyceride levels respond well to diet and Omega-3 intake. In fact the AHA recommends 2-4 grams of Omega-3 every day for anyone with high triglycerides.

Try natural means to lower your triglycerides. Be patient. Don’t try for a week or two. Be committed for the long haul. If you can’t get your triglycerides down see your doctor.

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Take care of yourself. If your triglycerides are high get them down. If you have other controllable risk factors for CHD work on them.

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