Features May 2011 Issue

Lower Your Triglyceride Levels And Cut Your Stroke Risk

Triglycerides don’t get the attention that LDL and HDL get in determining your total lipid profile, but these fats pose real threats to your health.

You’re likely aware of how important it is to control your cholesterol levels, but triglycerides—a third type of lipid (fat) that occurs in the blood—also have important effects on cardiovascular health, with a recent study indicating that increasing levels of non-fasting triglycerides are associated with a higher risk of ischemic stroke in men and women. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows that the percentage of adults with high triglyceride levels has doubled in the last three decades, with a particularly alarming threefold increase among people age 60 and older.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Heart Advisor

Get the next year of HEART ADVISOR for just $20. That's a savings of $19 off the regular rate.

With your paid subscription you will receive unlimited access to all of our online content. That is over a decade of previous issues from Cleveland Clinic, the hospital rated #1 in cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report - free of charge.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.