When you eat, your body absorbs nutrients from food. The body takes the fats you consume, breaks them apart, and then puts them back together in the form of triglycerides (try-GLEH-sirides). This type of fat travels in the blood stream. Your triglycerides go up after you eat and then fall as your body either uses them for energy or stores them as fat. People with high triglycerides also often have a high level of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and a low level of HDL (“good” cholesterol). This combination can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.