Triglycerides are a type of blood lipids. If you take up too many calories from food, your body converts the excess calories into triglycerides. They are then stores in your fat cells, and act as energy reserves that can be released when needed. Triglycerides are therefore important for your body’s energy household. However, if you have too high levels of triglycerides, it could increase your risk for cardiovascular diseases, as well as for liver and pancreas problems. It is therefore important to regularly monitor your levels of triglycerides. Triglycerides are measured together with Cholesterol in a blood test called lipid panel.
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