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High Triglyceride

High Triglyceride Symptoms and Causes

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy. A condition called high blood triglycerides, or high triglycerides, refers to abnormally high levels of blood fats in your body. You need some triglycerides for good health. But high triglycerides can raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome.

High triglycerides are usually caused by other conditions, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Kidney disease
  • Regularly eating more calories than you burn
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol

Certain medicines may also raise triglycerides. These medicines include:

  • Tamoxifen
  • Steroids
  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Estrogen
  • Birth control pills

High triglycerides usually don't cause symptoms.