February 23, 2011
High Triglycerides Associated With High Stroke Risks

If you are eating a white flour and sugar diet beware what risk you could be running with your brain.

After adjusting for age, hypertension, smoking, alcohol consumption, atrial fibrillation, lipid-lowering therapy, and in women hormone replacement therapy and menopausal status, the researchers found that women with a nonfasting triglyceride level above 445 mg/dL (5 mmol/L) had a 4-fold increased risk for stroke compared with women with a nonfasting triglyceride level below 90 mg/dL (1 mmol/L). The corresponding risk in men was a 2.3-fold increased risk.

Results like this one underscore in my mind the value of tracking your body's biochemical state at fairly frequent intervals. A friend recently described to me how his triglycerides skyrocketed when he happened to eat a lot of sweets, pies, and pastries. Then it plummeted in weeks after he shifted to a healthier diet. Well, getting notified whenever you send your blood lipids into a danger zone would help people change their diets sooner and would help people stick with healthy eating habits.

If you want to try changing your diet in various ways to see how much you can lower your triglycerides then direct-to-consumer (DTC) medical testing could reduce the time and money spent on getting the testing done. But wait, even faster results are possible with home triglycerides and cholesterol test kits. I want one.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 February 23 09:56 PM  Aging Cardiovascular Studies

BioBob said at February 23, 2011 10:56 PM:

pretty dang spiffy test kit -- but still very spendy - sending out bloodchem cost alot less for more numbers. roughly 20 bux per where i do it

Jake said at February 24, 2011 3:45 AM:

The USDA food pyramid, just announced, is guaranteed to give you high triglycerides. More proof that you should never follow nutrition advice given by the government.

Sherri said at February 24, 2011 7:23 PM:

Search "Gary Taubes gout" to see what else might be worsened by a diet that increases risk of higher glycemic diets (especially fructose).

Randall Parker said at February 24, 2011 7:26 PM:


You get your testing done locally or via mail? Got any recommendations for testing services?

BioBob said at February 24, 2011 9:47 PM:


via mail as part of our group health wellness plan - performed here: http://www.questdiagnostics.com/

standard blood chem workup http://www.questdiagnostics.com/healthwise/files/blood_chemistry.pdf

I assume it would be absolutely expensive paying retail list price, like everything else in medicine, somebody has to get ripped off, lol.

don't see big changes doing it twice yearly; seems enough for me anyway. I got it all loaded into a spreadsheet.

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