Treating your cholesterol can reduce your chances of having a heart attack. But what about triglycerides? Are they the same thing as cholesterol?
The simple answer is no.
Triglycerides are one of many items on the blood tests your doctor checks as part of your yearly physical.
They appear in your lipid panel. The typical cholesterol panel includes
Doctors treat your cholesterol to lower your chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. But unlike cholesterol, there is little scientific evidence that treating high triglycerides lowers this risk.
Do I need to worry about my triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a marker of your overall health. They tend to go up as a result of a bad diet. Eating poorly also causes diabetes and weight problems. If your triglyceride level is high, you should focus on a low-fat diet, weight loss and treating your diabetes and high cholesterol before considering any medication for triglycerides.
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