Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Too much of this type of fat may raise the risk of coronary artery disease, especially in women.
Factors that can raise your triglyceride level include
- Being overweight
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive alcohol use
- A very high carbohydrate diet
- Certain diseases and medicines
- Some genetic disorders
You may be able to lower your triglycerides with a combination of losing weight, diet, and exercise. You also may need to take medicine to lower your triglycerides.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- HDL (Good), LDL (Bad) Cholesterol and Triglycerides (American Heart Association)
- Roadmap for Managing Your Triglycerides and Protecting Your Heart (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) - PDF
- Triglycerides: Why Do They Matter? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- What Are High Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides? (American Heart Association) - PDF Also in Spanish
- Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia) (American Heart Association)
- Triglycerides : Frequently Asked Questions (American Heart Association) - PDF
- Patient Guide to the Assessment and Treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia (High Triglycerides) (Hormone Health Network) - PDF
- Genetics Home Reference: hepatic lipase deficiency (National Library of Medicine)
Statistics and Research
- Big, Fat World of Lipids (National Institute of General Medical Sciences)
- Trends in Elevated Triglyceride in Adults: United States, 2001-2012 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Intramyocellular triacylglycerol accumulation across weight loss strategies; Sub-study of the...
- Article: Moderate to High Levels of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Attenuate the Effects...
- Article: Circulating Lipids and Acute Pain Sensitization: An Exploratory Analysis.
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