If you don’t know your triglyceride level, talk to your health care provider to get a full lipid report.

What’s YOUR Number?

Causes of Elevated Triglycerides

  • 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

Diet
  • Cut back on fat.
  • Increase fiber intake.
  • Eat healthier calories.
  • Decrease sweets.
  • Increase omega-3 intake.
  • Read nutrition labels.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
Medications
  • 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 bout 20 percent.
Exercise
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week.

Resources

what’s your number?

An infographic illustrating key information about triglycerides

patient tear Sheet

Useful patient resource for Hypertriglyceridemia