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Can triglycerides be too low?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2010 at 9:50 PM

It is well known that a Paleo diet improves your triglyceride levels. However, can triglycerides get too low? How low is too low, and what does it mean when it is too low?

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I have quibbles with some of the details in the "5 Causes of Low Triglycerides" resource you linked to. For example, some backwards cause-effect relationships for malnutrition and the recommendation for types of fats to consume. However, the general content was informative and useful as a springboard for more research.

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According to this link ( http://www.all-about-lowering-cholesterol.com/low-triglycerides.html ) triglycerides are too low if they're under 10mg/dl. 5 causes are listed: hyperthyroidism, malnutrition, certain drugs, low fat diet, and malabsorption. The listed "drugs" that may be of concern to someone on a paleo diet are fish oils and nicotinic acid (niacin). So if your triglycerides are under 10mg/dl, and you're otherwise healthy, you can try cutting back on fish oil and/or niacin, or try increasing your caloric intake.

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on August 16, 2012
at 06:15 PM

I have quibbles with some of the details in the "5 Causes of Low Triglycerides" resource you linked to. For example, some backwards cause-effect relationships for malnutrition and the recommendation for types of fats to consume. However, the general content was informative and useful as a springboard for more research.

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on February 23, 2010
at 04:03 AM

I've read that TG below 35 can be need for caution, but I think that this also depends on other factors which are in your health profile as well, such as the other answer stated about fish oils in the plan, or also if it may be some type of thyroid issue? Just like all systems of the body, TG must remain in a narrow balance as well for optimal health.

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