Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood.Having elevated triglycerides is a risk factor for heart disease. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn’t need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in your fat cells. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, especially calories like carbohydrates & fats, you may have high triglycerides. Alcohol will raise your triglycerides as well as high sugar drinks like soda, juice drinks, sweet tea and Kool-Aid.
A simple blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range.
- Less than 150 mg/dl is normal
- 150-199 mg/dl is borderline high
- 200-499mg/dl is high
- 500mg/dl or higher is very high