Triglycerides and Diabetes
People who have Type 2 Diabetes have an elevated risk of heart and blood vessel disease. In fact, Type 2 Diabetics are 3 times as likely to due to develop cerebrovascular diseases (such as strokes), which is caused by a diminished supply of blood to the brain. The reasons for this are not yet fully understood but researchers have identified a number of causal factors; diabetics are more frequent sufferers from hyper-tension; they are more likely to be categorized as obese; they are more likely to have dyslipidemia (a blanket term for decreased HDL cholesterol levels and increased LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels).
Type 2 Diabetics are also more likely to have high levels of fibrinogen, which is known to promote blood clotting. Therefore, they are more likely to develop blood clots, increasing the likelihood of further restricting already compromised blood vessels.
Scientists, then, are aware that those with an elevated risk of heart and blood vessel disease, such as Type 2 Diabetics, have elevated triglyceride levels. However, they are still not sure as to what role triglycerides play in the risk of heart disease. It is entirely possible that they don’t play any part at all. However, they do know that elevations in triglyceride levels do change the size and density of LDL cholesterol, making the particles smaller and denser. People who have these smaller, denser LDL cholesterol particles appear to be amongst the highest risk group for heart disease.
These links between high triglyceride levels, diabetes and heart and blood vessel related disease indicate that lowering triglyceride levels should be a prime concern for all diabetics. The American Diabetics Association state that a triglyceride level of greater than or equal to 400 mg/dl puts people with diabetes at high risk for macrovascular disease, a level of 150-399 mg/dl puts them at borderline risk, and a level below 150 mg/dl puts them at low risk for macrovascular disease.
In order to find out what your triglyceride levels are, you will need to have a test of your blood lipid levels. You will need to fast for at least 12 hours prior to taking the test.
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