June 18, 2021
Triglycerides are a form of energy storage like fat. That is, they are calories that the body does not need immediately, turning them into energy reserves (triglycerides). When triglyceride values exceed the normal range, they can affect our health; although there is no specific age to start its control, it is recommended to do so from the age of 30, when various risk factors for developing this condition are accentuated. However, if there is overweight or obesity, it must be earlier, warns Dr. Víctor Salcedo, an internist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, offer us more information on the subject.
Some factors that cause elevated triglycerides are:
How to diagnose high triglycerides?
Triglyceride levels are measured through a laboratory blood test, establishing the following ranges:
Levels above 150 mg/dL represent a cardiac risk factor and very high levels can cause acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
How to lower high triglyceride levels?
If, despite the aforementioned recommendations, adequate control is not achieved, the specialist may indicate drug-based treatment, carrying out the corresponding follow-up. It is important to lead a healthy lifestyle, following a balanced diet rich in vegetables and low in fat, flour and sugar, in addition to regular physical activity. Remember, preventive check-ups will help you to diagnose any disease early.
Dr. Víctor Salcedo
Internist at Clinica Ricardo Palma