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November 7, 2007

Nonfasting Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Risk

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(17):2004-2006. doi:10.1001/jama.298.17.2004-b

To the Editor: Dr Bansal and colleagues1 observed that nonfasting triglyceride levels were more predictive of future cardiovascular risk than fasting triglyceride levels in healthy women. Studies of postprandial lipemia have shown a strong dependence of postprandial triglyceride levels on the level of fasting triglycerides.2 Postprandial triglyceride concentration can be viewed as incorporating to some degree the fasting level as well; it effectively constitutes a composite index of lipemia of both the fasting and nonfasting states.

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