Learn Your Lipids
Foundation of the National Lipid Association
What’s Your Number?
If you don’t know you triglyceride levels, talk to your health care provider to get a full lipid report.
Patient Tear Sheet
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
Certain medical conditions (e.g., high blood sugar)
Ways to Lower Triglycerides
Cut back on fat.
Increase fiber intake.
Eat healthier calories.
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.
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.