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Triglycerides and Diabetes

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My family physician summoned me to his office right after he received the results of my blood work about ten years ago. He was extremely concerned about my labs.

As soon as I went into the office he told his front office staff not to disturb him as he wished to speak to me in length. I didn't understand what was going on and it scared me to death.

He took me into his office and shut the door. He turned around to look at me and said,"You are a walking time bomb about to explode any given time." I looked at him with a blank face.

He held out the lab test results for me and asked me to read the numbers aloud. Every one of them were out of range. What particularly concerned me was my triglyceride levels. They were 4,000 mg/dl. He told me that was asking for a heart attack or a major stroke any given time. He asked me whether I wanted to live longer for my children or die young. There were only two choices he said, either to make lifestyle changes for good or get worse and die.

Years later, I was told my son had 1,300 mg/dl. triglycerides in the lab results. That was devastating news to me. I knew having triglycerides more than 150 mg/dl. were bad news for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Triglycerides some how act like precursors for diabetes.

Researchers haven't yet found the exact relationship between the two, but from what we know, having triglycerides higher than normal raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and vascular diseases like blood clots. People with higher than normal triglycerides naturally have higher than normal LDL levels and lower HDL levels (and higher than normal cholesterol (dyslipidemia). People with elevated triglycerides may also develop hypertension.

Trigylcerides, or the ugly fats, come from consuming too much food in one’s diet such as carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are converted into sugars in the body and boost the energy. But excessive consumption of carbohydrates that come from starches and sugars can become fat deposits in the tissues and also in the blood vessels and eventually lead to strokes, heart attacks.

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