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What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat. Some triglycerides, such as saturated fats, can increase the risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, while others, like polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), can offer health benefits. Sometimes doctors may recommend measuring the level of triglycerides in your blood as part of assessing your risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 02 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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