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What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are one type of fat, which are found in the body and in food. Triglycerides are the most common type of fat.

Triglycerides are structured from a glycerol base with 3 fatty acids attached to it. The triglycerides molecule has the shape of an E, like the tines of a fork.

Triglycerides from food, come from the fat in meat and meat products as well from plant foods. The meat foods generally produce saturated fats, while the plant foods produce mostly unsaturated fats.


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Important triglycerides facts

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Why triglycerides are important

Triglycerides levels in the blood should be within the following range:

Once triglycerides levels go over 2.0mmol / L, then this poses a risk for clogging up arteries and developing heart disease, such as heart attack or stroke.

The following are the guidelines from the American Heart Association regarding triglycerides levels:

Triglycerides Levels Meaning
Less than 150 mg/dL (or < 1.7 mmol/L) Normal
150 to 199 mg/dL (or 1.7–2.3 mmol/L) Borderline-high
200 to 499 mg/dL (or 2.3–5.64 mmol/L) High
500 mg/dL or higher (or >5.64 mmol/L) Very high



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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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