When you eat, any calories your body doesn’t need immediately are turned into triglycerides and are stored in fat cells. Between meals, hormones release triglycerides to provide energy.2
If you take in more calories than your body needs, especially from carbohydrates and fats, you could end up with high levels of triglycerides.2
Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, and thyroid dysfunction, may cause levels of triglycerides to rise. Certain medications can do the same thing.3
|Being physically inactive|
|Excessive alcohol intake|
|Diets high in carbohydrates|
High levels of triglycerides may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.2
Extremely high levels of triglycerides may even cause inflammation in the pancreas. This condition is called pancreatitis.1,2
The recommended way to find out if you have high triglycerides is through a blood test called a lipoprotein profile. Working with your doctor by taking a simple blood test can help determine if your triglycerides are high.1
NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release tablets) are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.
Taking NIASPAN with another cholesterol-lowering medicine (simvastatin) does not reduce heart attacks or strokes more than taking simvastatin alone.
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
References: 1. US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC. NIH publication No. 06-5235. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/chol_tlc.pdf. Published December 2005. Accessed
Please see the full Prescribing Information for NIASPAN and discuss it with your healthcare provider.
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NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release) tablets are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.