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
  • Excess Carbohydrate Consumption
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Lupus (SLE)

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:
upper abdomen pain after fatty meals
shingles
having foamy urine
low free T4
brittle fingernails
reasonably controlled diabetes
severe afternoon/evening fatigue
history of candidiasis
mildly elevated TSH
meals worsen epigastric pain
frequent colds/flus
2hr postprandial glucose 160-200mg%
... 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
Hypopituitarism 95% Confirm
Gallbladder Disease 25% Unlikely
A Weight Problem 15% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 2% Ruled out
Excess Carbohydrate Consumption 0% Ruled out
Syndrome X 0% Ruled out
Lupus (SLE) 0% Ruled out
Manganese Need 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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