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How can high levels of triglycerides affect my health?

Triglycerides are a type of lipid, or fat, found both in the blood and in foods. High triglycerides are often caused by being overweight, a lack of physical activity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol intake, or a diet very high in carbohydrates -- the sugars and starches found in bread, cereals, fruits, etc. High levels of triglycerides have been linked to increased heart disease risk -- particularly in women. Research shows that women with high triglycerides and a waist larger than 35 inches are three times more likely to die of heart disease than those without those risk factors. People with diabetes tend to have higher triglycerides than those without the condition. Diabetic patients also face greater risks if they have a high triglyceride count.

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