DWQA QuestionsCategory: QuestionsTriheptanoin and blood lipid levels
Vero asked 3 years ago
35% of my daily caloric intake is composed of triheptanoin. It’s helped me a lot in my daily life, however, I\’m concerned about the long-term safety profile on blood lipid levels. I read that triheptanoin is a type of saturated fat, and the FDA recommends consuming less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids (since they can increase ‘bad’ cholesterol, LDL). Should I be concerned? Has there been any study on the long-term safety profile of triheptanoin on blood lipid levels? Thank you in advance.

1 Answers
INFORM Physician answered 3 years ago

Hi, triheptanoin is a saturated fatty acid, but it is very rapidly metabolized for energy in the liver and thus is not usually available to made into long chain fats. We have followed lipid profiles for years in our triheptanoin treated patients with no obvious specific effect on blood lipid levels. However, you should be using your triheptanoin under the care of a metabolic physician who can follow your lipid levels and a dietitian who can adjust your regular fat intake to ensure a proper nutrient balance, including long chain fats. I hope this helps.

Dr. Vockley