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Elevated serum triglycerides are now considered as important as high cholesterol levels in the development of ischemic heart disease. The normal range for serum triglycerides is 0 to 160 mg/100 ml.
triglyceride/tri·glyc·er·ide/ (-glis´er-īd) a compound consisting of three molecules of fatty acid esterified to glycerol; a neutral fat that is the usual storage form of lipids in animals.
triglycerideTriacylglycerol A long chain fatty acid ester of glycerol; TGs constitute 95% of fat by weight, and are the major form of stored lipids ↑ in Acute MI, alcoholic cirrhosis, untreated DM, high carbohydrate diet, certain forms of hyperlipoproteinemia, HTN, hypothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome, pregnancy, OCs, estrogens ↓ in Congenital β-lipoproteinemia, hyperthyroidism, malnutrition, vigorous exercise, therapy with ascorbic acid, clofibrate, metformin, phenformin. See Medium chain triglyceride. Cf Cholesterol.
triglycerideglycerol with an esterified fatty acid at each of three hydroxyl (OH-) groups
Patient discussion about triglyceride
Q. Improving High Triglycerides I take Tricor for high triglyceride levels; I have a healthy level of total cholesterol, with low LDL, very good HDL. I am now being treated for hypothyroidism, but my doctor says that it's also genetic (I had almost the exact same level number as my brother). How can I work to get my triglycerides under control?