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Lowering Triglycerides

Managing Other Blood Lipids - HDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Lowering LDL cholesterol has the most noticeable impact on heart health. But other lipids exist in the blood that can play a role in your risk of developing heart disease.


Triglycerides are a common type of fat. Triglycerides are in the food we eat and are also a form of fat that circulates in our blood.

High triglycerides are associated with heart disease but are not considered a major risk factor for heart disease. A high blood triglyceride count is often accompanied by high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, and being overweight. Triglycerides are also often high in diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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What are Normal Triglyceride Levels?

  • Normal = <150 mg/dL
  • Borderline High = 150-199 mg/dL
  • High = 200-499 mg/dL
  • Very High = 500 mg/dL or higher

Source: American Heart Association.

Managing Triglycerides

For normal triglycerides, it is important to eat a heart healthy diet and exercise. It may be especially important reduce alcohol consumption. And although it may sound surprising, it's important to eat a diet with moderate fat (being sure to eat unsaturated fats in place of saturated fats) to maintain normal triglyceride levels. A high carbohydrate diet is thought to raise triglyceride levels.

HDL Cholesterol - the "Good Cholesterol"

Unlike LDL cholesterol, where lower is better, having high levels of HDL may be a benefit to the heart. This may occur because HDL cholesterol is thought to remove cholesterol from arteries, reducing the build up of atherosclerotic plaque. Cardiovascular exercise seems especially helpful in raising HDL cholesterol levels.


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