It’s not new for anybody that smoking is one of the primary risk factors of heart disease. It is also not new that cholesterol levels rise due to smoking, but there is more bad news for the smokers. Apparently smoking can also increase triglycerides levels. Studies show that those who smoke regularly over a period of time have higher triglycerides, something that is more common for people who are overweight and have hi fat intake diet, as it turns out what was thought to be a problem for those who didn’t watch their diet or were overweight is now also a problem for those who smoke regularly. The situation gets much worse for those who use oral contraceptives. Numbers returned by several studies were average 79 ± 6.8 mg/100 ml for triglycerides for non-smokers & 150.0 ± 14.1 mg/100 ml average triglycerides levels for those smokers who use oral contraceptives; as you can see the numbers are staggering.
Certain scientists explained the link of heart disease and smoking with the rise of triglycerides levels ann the drop of HDL-cholesterol levels due to smoking. The hypothesis is that since smoking increases triglycerides and lowers HDL cholesterol, those conditions have already been linked to heart disease, therefore this would explain the connection. Not everybody agrees with this theory, however the disagreement it’s not about whether or not smoking will increase the risk of heart disease, but about which condition is triggered by smoking that eventually leads to heart disease. What is important that everybody agrees that smoking does cause heart disease and undesirable lipid profile.