Health Matters

The Hidden Risk of Triglycerides

They’re an important measure of heart health.


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You've heard of high cholesterol, but do you know about the hidden risk of triglycerides? Dr. Kenya Steele, a family physician and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Outreach at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine explains.

“Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. They are an important measure of heart health. A simple blood test can reveal whether your triglycerides fall into a healthy range.”

“High triglycerides may contribute to hardening of the arteries— which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. It can also cause acute inflammation of the pancreas. Healthy lifestyle choices are key to controlling your triglycerides.”

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit your alcohol intake.

“Commit to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you.”

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