What’s YOUR Triglyceride Number?

If you don’t know your triglyceride level, talk to your doctor to get a full lipid report, sometimes referred to as a “Lipid Panel”.

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

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