Your Fasting Triglycerides Level

What Causes Abnormal Fasting Triglyceride Levels?

Abnormal fasting triglyceride levels can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal fasting triglyceride levels, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal fasting triglyceride levels" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Syndrome X
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Manganese Need
  • A Weight Problem
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Diabetes II
  • Porphyria
  • High Cortisol Levels

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high diastolic blood pressure
high uric acid level
T3-T4 thyroid hormone use
pain between shoulder blades
African ethnicity
hypothyroidism in family members
hypothyroidism
having high percentage body fat
burning epigastric pain after meals
missing outer third of eyebrows
having hard stools
incoherent speech
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal fasting triglyceride levels:
Cause Probability Status
Manganese Need 98% Confirm
Porphyria 25% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 15% Unlikely
Gallbladder Disease 3% Ruled out
Syndrome X 2% Ruled out
High Cortisol Levels 2% Ruled out
Diabetes II 0% Ruled out
A Weight Problem 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Triglycerides, fasting. Unit: mg/dL [mmol/L]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 40 [0.45]
→ 40 to 199 [0.45-2.25] (normal)
→ 200 to 600 [2.26-6.78]
→ Over 600 [6.78]
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low triglycerides, normal triglycerides or hypertriglyceridemia, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

Omega-3 fatty acids can have a profound effect on lowering triglyceride levels.

Gallbladder Disease

Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.

Manganese Requirement

Manganese can help lower high triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

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