Triglycerides are the main type of fat (lipid) in your blood.
Too high a level of triglycerides can make you more resistant to insulin and can result in such diseases as heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, and stroke.
Triglycerides are also closely related to HDL cholesterol (a.k.a. the “good cholesterol”), because having higher amounts of HDL can help carry these fatty deposits of triglycerides away from blood vessels and be protective. The clogging of blood vessels commonly associated with triglycerides is called atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Because your arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body, it is important to have the proper balance of triglycerides with artery-clearing HDL cholesterol.
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