Hypertriglyceridemia

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hypertriglyceridemia is an elevation of triglyceride levels in the bloodstream. It is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and acute pancreatitis. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hypertriglyceridemia is when you have too much fat in your blood. This fat is called triglycerides. People with high triglycerides usually do not have symptoms. Sometimes it causes heart and liver problems. Hypertriglyceridemia also can cause pancreatitis, which causes bad stomach pain.

You can have hypertriglyceridemia at any age. It can run in families. You are more likely to get it if you eat unhealthy foods, smoke or are overweight. Some medicines, such as birth control or hormone pills, may cause it. If you have other health problems, like diabetes or thyroid disease, you also may have this condition.

If you have hypertriglyceridemia, you should get 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five times a week. You also should eat a diet low in saturated fat and sugar. Dont drink more than two alcoholic drinks per day. Dont smoke or use tobacco.

Your doctor may give you medicine. Ask your doctor what the best treatment choice is for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.