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Symptoms of High Triglycerides

by Andrea Coventry
  • Overview

    Triglycerides are fats that store unused calories and are found in your blood. They are beneficial as they help provide energy to your body; however, too many usually indicate a problematic condition and may or may not contribute to heart disease.
  • Identification of Triglyceride Levels

    A normal triglyceride level in the blood is less than 150 mg/dL. A borderline-high count is between 150 and 199 mg/dL. High triglyceride levels are 200 to 499 mg/dL. Very high triglyceride levels measure over 500 mg/dL.
  • Features of Typical High Triglyceride Symptoms

    When the average person has high triglycerides with no high fat levels and no high cholesterol levels, there are no obvious symptoms. Levels must be determined with a special blood test called a lipoprotein analysis, lipid panel or lipid profile. This also checks cholesterol levels.
  • Features of Genetic High Triglyceride Symptoms

    Genetic conditions causing high triglycerides may result in xanthomas, which are visible fatty deposits under the skin.
  • Potential Accompanying Conditions

    Often, when a person tests high for triglyceride levels, other conditions are present. These include high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney disease, atherosclerosis and hypothyroidism.
  • Rare Effects of High Triglycerides

    A rare effect of a high triglyceride level is the development of pancreatitis. Symptoms of this are nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite and a sudden, sharp pain in the stomach.

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