Triglycerides are a combination of three fatty acids or fats (i.e. saturated fat, unsaturated fat or both) combined with glycerol, a form of glucose.
Triglycerides are our main source of energy and as they are so important we have two supplies – one supply from our diet and one supply made in the body by our liver.
When we eat foods containing triglycerides, such as meat, dairy produce, cooking oils and fats, they are absorbed by our intestines and then packaged into particles called lipoproteins, (known as chylomicrons) which carry the triglycerides to our tissues to be used for energy straight away or for storage to be used when they are needed.
The body also makes its own supply of triglycerides in the liver. This form is carried in a different type of lipoprotein known as VLDL.
In my post entitled "If you can see it, you can detect it", I listed the different types of scanning techniques and technology to find evidence of disease in Neuroendocrine Tumours (NETs). Of course, while scans, blood and (current) marker tests can give some pretty big and important clues, "tissue is the issue" to determine type.Even after formal diagnosis, seeing all the tumours can be a challenge with NETs. In the article I quoted above, I indicated that scans for NETs can be analogous to picking 'horses for courses'. For example, most NETs have somatostatin receptors and can often be seen better on functional scans e.g. somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) or somatostatin receptor PET (SSTR-PET), combined with the use of radionuclides designed specifically for this purpose e.g. In111, Tc99m, Ga68,…