Triglycerides

Definition - What does Triglycerides mean?

Triglycerides are molecules consisting of both a lipid and sugar. This molecular structure is the method the body uses to store dietary fats. Triglycerides are naturally occurring in the body and contribute to normal cell function.

WorkplaceTesting explains Triglycerides

Triglycerides store unused calories in the body’s fat cells. When the body needs energy, these stores are released. While naturally present in the body, a high level of triglycerides in the blood may cause coronary artery disease. A test of triglyceride levels, a lipid panel, is often performed along with a cholesterol test. High triglyceride levels may be caused by lifestyle choices,genetic tendencies, or disease. Behavioral changes and medication may be used to combat high triglyceride levels.

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