Triglycerides are fat molecules that make up most of your body fat and the fat found in food. Elevated triglyceride levels are a component of metabolic syndrome, a group of disorders that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Very high triglycerides may also cause pancreatitis, a serious inflammation of the pancreas.
For many years, I took time-released niacin (nicotinic acid) to lower triglycerides. Mayo Clinic says, “Niacin (nicotinic acid), the most effective available pharmacotherapy for increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, also lowers triglycerides and hence may be useful.” It helped some but not enough.
Dr. Jason Fung writes, “High-carbohydrate diets increase VLDL secretion and raise blood triglyceride levels by 30-40%. This phenomenon is called carbohydrate-induced hypertriglyceridemia and can occur with as little as five days of high intake. Similarly, increased intake of fructose has been linked to hypertriglyceridemia.”
Before I started eating low-carb, my triglyceride levels were typically 245-500 mg/dL. After eating low-carb, the numbers plummeted to below 100!
Woolley, Elizabeth; medically reviewed by Do-Eun Lee, MD. “10 Causes of High Triglycerides in Diabetes: What Causes Elevated Levels?” Very Well Health (updated July 7, 2020). https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-causes-high-triglycerides-in-diabetes-1087722 (accessed on 8/3/2020).
Goldberg, Ronald B., and Terry A. Jacobson. “Treatment of High Triglycerides: Effects of niacin on glucose control in patients with dyslipidemia.” Mayo Clin Proc. 2008 Apr;83(4):470-8. doi: 10.4065/83.4.470. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18380993 (accessed on 8/3/2020).
Fung, Dr. Jason. “Hyperinsulinemia and Hypertriglyceridemia T2D 29,” The Fasting Method, n.d. https://thefastingmethod.com/hyperinsulinemia-hypertriglyceridemia-t2d-29/ (accessed on 8/3/2020).
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