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What causes elevated triglyceride levels?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: what can cause your triglyceride level to be high over 400
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Elevated triglycerides

Detailed Answer:
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I am sorry to hear that you had blood work and it was noted that your triglycerides had increased over 400. Triglycerides are very volatile. They can change quickly with diet. Usually a diet high in fat. If you are eating ice cream and drinking lots of milk or eating cheese the triglycerides will quickly elevate. Another cause is familial hypertriglycerides. This is a genetic predisposition to elevated triglycerides and is due to the liver making large amount of triglycerides.

The usual treatment is make sure you eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly. This will help your bodies metabolism burn off the fats and prevent the elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. Also taking medication like atorvastatin will help reduce both cholesterol and triglycerides.

In summary
1. Elevated Triglycerides due to diet and genetics
2. Eat a low fat diet and exercise
3. Take your medication as directed
4. Repeat your labs in 2-3 months

I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions
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What causes elevated triglyceride levels?

Brief Answer: Elevated triglycerides Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns I am sorry to hear that you had blood work and it was noted that your triglycerides had increased over 400. Triglycerides are very volatile. They can change quickly with diet. Usually a diet high in fat. If you are eating ice cream and drinking lots of milk or eating cheese the triglycerides will quickly elevate. Another cause is familial hypertriglycerides. This is a genetic predisposition to elevated triglycerides and is due to the liver making large amount of triglycerides. The usual treatment is make sure you eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly. This will help your bodies metabolism burn off the fats and prevent the elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. Also taking medication like atorvastatin will help reduce both cholesterol and triglycerides. In summary 1. Elevated Triglycerides due to diet and genetics 2. Eat a low fat diet and exercise 3. Take your medication as directed 4. Repeat your labs in 2-3 months I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions