High Triglycerides = High Stroke Risk

Annals of Neurology

A new study reveals increasing levels of non-fasting triglycerides are linked to a greater risk of stroke.

In a 33-year study, researchers from Denmark followed 7,579 women and 6,372 men who were enrolled in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. All the participants had their non-fasting triglyceride and cholesterol measurements taken at the beginning of the study (1976-1978). During the follow-up period, which was completed by 100 percent of the participants, 837 women and 837 men suffered an ischemic stroke.

Results showed increasing levels of non-fasting triglyceride levels were associated with an increased risk of stroke in men and women. Higher cholesterol levels were associated with greater stroke risk in men only.

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