Why should I lower my triglyceride levels?

Jonathan A. Fialkow, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Triglycerides are the end product of digesting and breaking down fats and carbohydrates in foods.

The heart healthy benefit of lowering your triglyceride level has not been conclusively proven. However, research continues to link triglycerides and harmful low-density lipoproteins (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) particles to the build-up of wax plaque inside blood vessels. Doctors call this problem "coronary atherosclerosis." It’s a major risk factor for heart disease and the ultimate cause of heart attacks and strokes and death.

Your doctor can measure your triglyceride levels using a common test called a lipid panel. It’s the same blood test that checks “good” (HDL) and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels. Prescription omega-3 fatty acid products have proven to be safe and effective in lowering high triglycerides and unhealthy LDL-containing particles, such as triglyceride-rich lipoproteins.

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