Overly Low Triglycerides is Not Desirable - Causes and Discussion
Although an effort is usually made to lower triglycerides, having very low triglycerides is actually not any healthier than having a high triglyceride level, believe it or not.
After all, triglycerides are a source of energy in your body and they provide energy to your heart muscles. Thus, low levels come with undesirable health effects.
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A triglyceride level lower than 10mg/dL is generally considered to be low. It is a pretty uncommon condition to have, but it does occur from time to time.
Things that can be responsible for low levels of triglycerides include the use of certain drugs, hyperthyroidism, malnutrition, malabsorption syndrome, and a low fat diet. Some of these things occur naturally and others are complications of serious diseases and medical conditions.
Certain drugs can cause low triglyceride levels. Cholesterol lowering drugs, for instance, will definitely make you see a decrease in your triglycerides, since that is what their purpose is intended for. If you take fish oil supplements, statins, nicotinic acid, ascorbic acid, asparaginase, gemfibrozil, fenofibate, or clofibrate, then you might also have low triglycerides.
The thyroid is an important gland in your body. It produces thyroxine and triiodothyroxine, which stimulate and control metabolism, promote protein synthesis, and increase the oxygen consumption in your body. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive. It can also cause other problems in your body, too, especially where weight gain is concerned. Thyroid function tests can be performed to see whether or not you have an overactive thyroid, which could be accounting for your low level of triglycerides.
Malnutrition can also be a cause of low triglycerides. This does not necessarily mean that you are not getting enough to eat, but rather that you are not getting the proper nutrients that you need in order for your body to function properly. If you have chronic malnutrition, then your body will deplete itself of its fat stores and your triglyceride levels can drop. Malnutrition can be caused by social isolation, cancer, excess alcohol consumption, trauma, medications, inability to eat, depression and surgery.
A low fat diet is usually advised for people who want to lower their triglycerides. For that reason, it can also be the culprit behind triglyceride levels that are too low. It is important not to completely cut fat out of your diet. A very low-fat diet, or a diet that does not contain any fat at all, is dangerous. Fats help give us energy and provide insulation and warmth to us.
There are several medical conditions that can lead to malabsorption syndrome, which is where you are unable to absorb nutrients from the food that you are consuming. Some diseases and conditions that can cause this are cancer, AIDS, certain kinds of surgeries, chronic liver disease, protein intolerance, chronic inflammation of the pancreas, and radiation therapy. These, too, can contribute to low triglycerides.
Low triglyceride levels can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Levels that are very low are actually just as dangerous as triglycerides that are extremely high and should be taken just as seriously. The low levels can also be a sign of a more serious disease and therefore should be checked out as well to make sure that nothing else is going on.
Although it can be a good idea to lower your triglycerides if they are very high, remember that you still need them in order for your body to work the right way. They provide energy to the body and are a form of stored fats.
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