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| Raised blood fat levels tied to heart disease|
| Updated at: 1328 PST, Saturday, May 08, 2010|
LONDON: Raised levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat, may be an important cause of heart disease, new genetic research suggests.
To reach the conclusion, Cambridge University research looked at the role of triglycerides, which is produced in the liver and derived from foods such as meat and dairy products, the Lancet medical journal reported.
According to the analysis of 350,000 people from 101 previous studies, those with higher levels of the blood fat were more likely to have heart disease.
Lead researcher said the findings suggested the blood fat could be causing heart disease in some way.