Harvard Men's Health Watch

Know your triglycerides: Here's why

The level of triglycerides in the blood, like measurements of "bad" cholesterol, helps to gauge your risk for heart disease.

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High levels of these fatty particles in the blood means you may need to step up healthy lifestyle changes.

Do you know your LDL cholesterol level? Most men concerned with heart health probably do. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, invades the artery walls and causes atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries that leads to heart attacks and strokes. But LDL is not the only fatty substance, or lipid, in the blood that affects your cardiovascular risk.

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