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[QUOTE=MariaS.]How come nobody wants to talk about this? :([/QUOTE]


To be quite honest, I didn't feel like I was educated enough in this area to give an informed dialogue with regard to your specific question. But you certainly can get my opinion.

From everything I have learned, and experienced from the high TG side of thing, and eventual MI at age 35--its not a good thing to be sure. Elevated plasma TG (or VLDL) is certainly a risk factor for heart disease. Elevated TG can also be indicative of kidney problems, liver problems, diabetes, familial, or possibly metabolic syndrome (from a sedentary lifestyle). Based on your husbands training, I would guess the last of those does not apply. It could be type V hyperlipoproteinemia where his body just can't process the TG efficiently so they "back up" in the bloodstream.

When I started exercising, and losing weight, those two factors had a larger impact on lowering my TG than a reduction in total (or saturated) fat intake. My TG came back at one point as 638 mg/dL ( no clue how exact that measurement could be). Nowadays, with daily running and keeping my BMI <25, my TG don't exceed 45 mg/dL.

I tend to agree with others in both posts, that treatment to lower the TG value in your husband should be sought rather than dismissed. The TG should not be accumulating to that level in the bloodstream in my opinion, and that much "sludge" from a logic standpoint is not going to be a good thing. The HDL that you posted in another thread (39 mg/dL) is just on the fringe of being acceptable.... I used to have mine int he 25-30 mg/dL range. Niaspan took me to 44 mg/dL with moderate exercise. Removal of all meds and running 3 miles daily keeps my HDL > 60 mg/dL. You said that your husband was fit from Judo training, but does he do any cardio? You won't necessarily get the full benefit to HDL without doing cardio most days of the week.

There is also a link between elevated plasma TG and angina (I was unaware of this until it was just mentioned by jblondi, and I looked it up). Sure enough.... By the same token, I did read where that decreasing TG will not necessarily result in improved cardiovascular health (as you alluded to in some of your posts though.)

The only thing I can say to that, though, is it's just not worth the risk to find out later that there is a relation. Might as well do all that one can (now) to keep the risk factors minimized--for many of us, we only get one chance at life to get it right.

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