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
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.
- 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.