- By Laurel Kelly
Consumer Health: What are triglycerides and why do they matter?
Triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood, are an important measure of heart health.
When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides stored in your fat cells. Having a high level of triglycerides in your blood can increase your risk of heart disease.
Understanding the measurements that indicate healthy and unhealthy triglyceride levels, and how the same lifestyle choices that promote overall health can help you bring your triglyceride level into a healthy range, can help you make heart-healthy choices.
Here's what you need to know about triglycerides and why they matter.