Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 20, 2002
Question from Kerala, India:
I am a 23 year old male (165 centimeters [5 feet 5 inches] tall; 50 kilograms [110 pounds], who does not have diabetes and recently was found to have a very high serum triglyceride level (441 mg/dl). The other factors were: Total cholesterol: 210 mg/dl; HDL cholesterol: 42 mg/dl; and blood sugar 95 mg/dl [5.3 mmol/L]. What could be the cause of this? Please give me some advice.
The most likely reason for an elevated triglycerides without diabetes is a familial disorder of triglyceride metabolism. Make sure the blood sample was drawn after having fasted at least 8-10 hours overnight. If this was drawn after a meal, the result will be artificially elevated. I would make sure your physician rules out a thyroid problem (which can increase triglyceride levels).
Treatment would be a low fat diet and possibly medication. I would suggest medications if all the above has been attempted and there is no improvement.