To evaluate a patient's risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases, doctors often test blood levels of triglycerides -- molecules that carry fat through the bloodstream. But a new study suggests that the triglyceride levels now considered "normal" may still be too high. There wasn't great rhyme or reason why that cutoff of 200 was selected.
It was thought that perhaps it would be easy for physicians and the general public to keep a level of 200 in mind, because that's the cutoff used with cholesterol. A triglyceride count of 100 or more increased the relative risk of a new cardiovascular event by 50% and reduced the chance of surviving a subsequent heart attack.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1998;31:1252-1257)
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
I continue to marvel at how traditional medicine can very effectively make brilliant correlations but fail to understand what is responsible for them. Triglyceride elevation is one of the most easy and straightforward problems to correct with proper diet.
As far as I can recall, I have never seen a compliant patient fail to respond to dietary corrections. I have seen patients who have had levels of over 1500 respond quite well. It does not take very long.
This is almost always a problem with too much insulin in the body and as long as one dramatically reduces grain carbohydrates and sugars this problem corrects. This is very important to correct as this is an incredibly potent risk for heart disease as it represent a severe abnormality of insulin balance.