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High triglycerides may be indicative of blood sugar/insulin issues, but in and of themselves will have no DIRECT inpact on your insulin levels as I understand it. Triglycerides may also be a warning sign for heart disease.
"The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."
Elevated blood TG are correlated with high insulin, but they do not cause it. Eating large amounts of carbohydrate will result in elevated insulin and higher fasting TG levels. These are both results of chronically elevated blood sugar, and not causes or effects of each other.
The Scientist - thank you so much for clearing that up for me! Here's another confusion - is sat fat (Palmitic acid from carb consumption) the same thing as TG?
Not quite. Triglyceride simply means a glycerol molecule attached to three fatty acid tails. Each fatty acid can be saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. Nearly all the fat in your body (and all the fat you eat) is in TG form because free fatty acids (FFA) are difficult to control, transport and store. TG are only broken down into separate FFA when they are about to by metabolized and used for energy. So, when your liver ramps up de novo lipogenesis and converts carbs into palmitic acid, each resulting fatty acid molecule gets incorporated (along with two fatty acids and a glycerol backbone) into one TG molecule. The TG can then be attached to protein carriers (like VLDL) and sent out into blood circulation to either be broken down to be used for energy, or kept intact and taken up by adipose cells to be stored as fat.
The saturated fat you are eating is already in TG form. Just like your fat tissue, cows and chickens and coconuts and every other organism store their saturated (and unsaturated) fats as TG. The only time you (or any other animal) break down TG into separate FFA molecules is when you are about to use them for energy. This means that TG is great to eat, and also a great way for your body to store energy as adipose tissue (just not to much). In your blood, TG itself is not really "bad". It just happens that eating a lot of carbs (especially sugar) drives your blood TG levels way up. The TG itself is harmless, but it is a sign that a lot of other things are going wrong metabolically. That is why high TG levels are correlated with heart disease and many other problems. The TG itself it not killing you, it just happens to pop up at the same time when other things taking place that will kill you.