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I have recently been diagnosed with a high triglyceride level but why is my total cholesterol level normal?
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possible.
The formula for calculating total cholesterol is tc=ldl + HDL + trig/5.
It is possible to have high trig and not have tc elevated. It is clear based on your normal tc level that your trig are not elevated much. Serious trig elevations are levels above the 500-1000 mg/dl range.

In brief: Possible.
The formula for calculating total cholesterol is tc=ldl + HDL + trig/5.
It is possible to have high trig and not have tc elevated. It is clear based on your normal tc level that your trig are not elevated much. Serious trig elevations are levels above the 500-1000 mg/dl range.
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Independent control
Blood fat levels can be linked since their metabolic pathways are often intertwined.
However, their manufacture & degradation can be separated such that cholesterol and triglyceride levels can & do vary independently. That's also why treatments effective for one type of blood fat may have little effect on other types. Triglycerides tend to be responsive to lifestyle changes more than other fats.

In brief: Independent control
Blood fat levels can be linked since their metabolic pathways are often intertwined.
However, their manufacture & degradation can be separated such that cholesterol and triglyceride levels can & do vary independently. That's also why treatments effective for one type of blood fat may have little effect on other types. Triglycerides tend to be responsive to lifestyle changes more than other fats.
Dr. Irv Loh
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Different lipids
Triglycerides contain mostly fatty acids linked to glycerine and have little cholesterol in them. Cholesterol is not the only harmful lipid.
High triglycerides can cause skin lesions and more seriously, precipitate acute pancreatitis. Reduce caloric intake, carbohydrates and lipids, take fish oil and see your doctor.

In brief: Different lipids
Triglycerides contain mostly fatty acids linked to glycerine and have little cholesterol in them. Cholesterol is not the only harmful lipid.
High triglycerides can cause skin lesions and more seriously, precipitate acute pancreatitis. Reduce caloric intake, carbohydrates and lipids, take fish oil and see your doctor.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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