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7 Dangers of Very High Triglycerides

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The Truth About Triglycerides

Triglycerides are fats in your blood. Most fatty foods are in the form of triglycerides. When you eat too many calories, the extra calories are changed into triglycerides and stored in your fat cells. Triglycerides are measured with a lipid profile. A very high level is 500 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or more.

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Medically Reviewed By: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH

Last Annual Review Date: April 4, 2012

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Patients with triglycerides in the very high range (over 500 mg/dL) generally will require medications, because triglyceride levels this high may cause other medical problems.