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STEP 3 Checking Triglycerides The lipoprotein profile that measures your cholesterol levels will also measure your triglycerides. Triglycerides are fatty substances that your liver makes from the food you eat. People who are obese or have diabetes are likely to have high triglyceride levels. Recent studies show a strong link between high triglyceride levels and the risk of heart disease. Triglyceride Levels (mg/dL) Normal Less than 150 mg/dL Borderline risk 150-199 mg/dL High risk 200-499 mg/dL Very high risk More than 500 mg/dL My Triglyceride Levels (mg/dL) Each time you have your triglycerides measured, use the table below to record the results. If your levels are above 150 mg/dL, ask your healthcare provider about ways to reduce your triglycerides. In general, you need to do the same things you would do to reduce cholesterol—stick to a healthy low-fat diet and get plenty of exercise. In addition, you need to limit sugar and other carbohydrates in your diet, and if you smoke, you need to quit now! Your health care provider might also determine that you need to take medication to help control high triglyceride levels. 18 Date Triglyceride Level A PAT IENT RESOURCE GUIDE My Triglycerides Record Each time you have your triglycerides measured, use the table below to record the results. If your levels are above 150 mg/dL, ask your healthcare provider about ways to reduce your triglycerides. In general, you need to do the same things you would do to reduce cholesterol—stick to a healthy low-fat diet and get plenty of exercise. In addition, you need to limit sugar and other carbohydrates in your diet, and if you smoke, you need to quit now! Your health care provider might also determine that you need to take medication to help control high triglyceride levels. © 2013 Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. and Krames StayWel . All rights reserved. English Español 7STEPS TO A HEALTHY HEART Choices for Better Health Changing Health Outcomes by Improving Cardiovascular Education and Screenings Date Triglyceride Level


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