Sunday, January 08, 2012
Ha. My first lab that came back abnormal since my illness in August and it's my trigs?
My LDL and HDL levels are GREAT but now I'm borderline high 175 on the triglyceride level.
Actually, I did the 8 hour fast.. according to the mayoclinic website a 9-12 hour fast is recommended to be accurate but I'm sure my 8 hour level can't be THAT far off.
From the Mayo Clinic website:
Why do high triglycerides matter?
Although it's unclear how, high triglycerides may contribute to hardening of the arteries or thickening of the artery walls (atherosclerosis) — which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.
High triglycerides are often a sign of other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Sometimes high triglycerides are a sign of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism), liver or kidney disease, or rare genetic conditions that affect how your body converts fat to energy. High triglycerides could also be a side effect of taking medications such as beta blockers, birth control pills, diuretics, steroids or the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.