Blocking a gene reduces fat

By blocking the expression of a certain gene in patients, University of Montreal researchers have contributed to the demonstration of great decreases in the concentration of triglycerides in their blood, even in various severe ...

Overweight & Obesity

Psyllium reduces metabolic syndrome risk factors

(HealthDay) -- Consumption of the fiber supplement psyllium correlates with reductions in risk factors for metabolic syndrome, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Obesity Reviews.

Medical research

Study sheds light on triglyceride metabolism

New findings reported in the July issue of Cell Metabolism are offering new leads as to why some people might suffer from high levels of triglycerides. High triglycerides are a risk factor for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

High triglyceride levels common, often untreated among Americans

High concentrations of blood fats known as triglycerides are common in the United States, according to a report in the March 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Lifestyle changes are the preferred initial treatment ...


In medicine, hypertriglyceridemia denotes high (hyper-) blood levels (-emia) of triglycerides, the most abundant fatty molecule in most organisms. It has been associated with atherosclerosis, even in the absence of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels). It can also lead to pancreatitis in excessive concentrations (i.e. when the triglyceride concentration is greater, and often very much greater, than 1000 mg/dl or 12 mmol/l). Very high triglyceride levels may also interfere with blood tests; hyponatremia may be reported spuriously (pseudohyponatremia).

A related term is "hyperglyceridemia" which refers to a high level of all glycerides, including monoglycerides, diglycerides and triglycerides.

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