March 28, 2020 is the third annual National Triglycerides Day, the first of which was commemorated on March 28, 2018. National Triglycerides Day is an awareness day that emphasizes to patients the value of knowing their triglyceride levels and the importance of diet and exercise for those wishing to live a healthier lifestyle. Many patients may be unaware of the increased risk of cardiovascular disease presented by high levels of triglycerides, such as coronary heart disease and stroke. High levels of triglycerides is a condition known as dyslipidemia, which can occur on its own or as part of a metabolic syndrome.
Triglycerides are lipids in the blood that are created when a person consumes more calories than they need right away. Triglycerides are then stored in fat cells and are released into the bloodstream when a person needs energy in the future. However, excessively high levels of triglycerides can increase cardiovascular risk. Safe levels of triglycerides are than 150 mg/dL, elevated levels of triglycerides are between 151 and 199 mg/dL, and high levels of triglycerides are those over 200 mg/dL. Very high levels of triglycerides are over 500 mg/dL.