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Triglycerides


Triglycerides (a form of fat), come from foods or are “made in the body from other energy sources like carbohydrates."1 Any calories that are eaten but not immediately used by the body can be changed to triglycerides and sent to fat cells for storage. The body releases triglycerides from the fat cells to meet the need for energy.

 

A high level of triglycerides has been linked with heart disease and is seen more often in people who have diabetes or who are overweight. High triglycerides are also linked with high cholesterol, high LDL, and low HDL.2





1 Triglycerides. Anerican Heart Association. 2006. www.americanheart.org
2 What’s the Difference Between LDL and HDL Cholesterol? American Heart Association. 2006. www.americanheart.org

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