Triglycerides (TGs) are a type of fat in the bloodstream. They are used for energy. When TGs become too high, this biomarker
suggests risk for cardiovascular disease, especially when accompanied by low HDL-cholesterol and high LDL-cholesterol. High
triglycerides are a common problem in the United States. One third of adults have levels above the normal range (< 150 mg/dl).
The good news about TGs is that they are highly responsive to lifestyle modifications. Optimal lifestyle interventions can lower
TGs by 20-50%. We suggest that you look at the following chart and select a change or changes you feel ready to make!
Note: When evaluating TG levels over time, be aware that there is considerable variability in the measurement of TG. Look at
the trend in TG over time (not just one reading) to evaluate the success of your lifestyle changes. Remember, the same positive
lifestyle changes that lower TG, also improve your overall health!
Via Seth Bilazarian, MD