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A1c and triglycerides

05/08/2009

Question:

Hello,

My doctor said my triglycerides is high because my A1c is high. Why does that happen?

Answer:

That is short hand for saying that uncontrolled (high) blood sugars can be associated with a worsening of triglyceride levels.  Improving blood sugar control, losing weight, minimizing alcohol intake and adding exercise are all measures known to improve triglycerides - sometimes they are sufficient to normalize them and sometimes other drugs or nutritional measures are needed to control them.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati