What’s Your Number?

If you don’t know you triglyceride levels, talk to your health care provider to get a full lipid report.
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Causes of Elevated Triglycerides

Elevated triglycerides can be traced to the following causes:
  • Diet high in fat, certain carbohydrates and/or sugar
  • Too much alcohol
  • Not enough exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Certain medical conditions (e.g., high blood sugar)
  • Certain medications
  • Heredity

Ways to Lower Triglycerides


  • Cut back on fat.
  • Increase fiber intake.
  • Eat healthier calories.
  • Decrease sweets.
  • Increase omega-3 intake.
  • Read nutrition labels.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.


  • In addition to health lifestyle changes, your clinician may recommend you take prescription medication to lower your triglyceride levels.
  • For best results, take your medication as prescribed.

Weight loss

  • Lose weight by eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise.
  • Losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can lower triglycerides about 20 percent.


  • Exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week.