Lower triglycerides, as in many things in health, means healthier. Lower weight, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol…in general, lower is better. This holds true with your triglyceride levels, too. Lower triglycerides will give you long term health benefits. And not only for the health of your heart but for other vital organs in your body.
Over the last 30 years, the average triglyceride level has increased in the United States. Of all the adults in the US, 31% have a triglyceride level of over 150 mg/dl, which is considered a high and unhealthy level. Also rising along with the triglyceride levels is the number of obese people, and the cases of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. And scientists are concluding that these are all connected.
Research over the past few decades has shown that high triglyceride levels predict the development of Type 2 diabetes. So, we can conclude that the level of triglycerides in your body can adversely affect how your pancreas and insulin work. Continually stressing your pancreas with high amounts of triglycerides can lead to its inability to keep up. This may lead you to a diabetic state.
Another finding has established a strong relationship between belly fat and high triglyceride levels. Also, the excess fat can lead to fatty liver and fat around the heart. Basically, the state of being fat is unhealthy. And fat can impair the functioning of your liver and your heart.
Triglycerides play a role in the condition called “metabolic syndrome”. Other factors contributing to metabolic syndrome include your blood pressure, blood sugar, a low level of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, along with a large waistline. The organs affected in metabolic syndrome include the heart, the pancreas and the liver.
And finally, a recent study from the National Cancer Institute found that metabolic syndrome increases the risk of liver cancer. This is even more evidence that lower triglycerides are an important factor in health.