Blood tests for triglycerides are usually part of a lipid profile that is used to help identify an individual's risk of developing heart disease and to help make decisions about what treatment may be needed if there is borderline or high risk
You can use diet and lifestyle changes to lower triglyceride levels. Diet and lifestyle changes include: Losing weight and staying at a healthy weight. Limiting fat and sugars. Being more active. Limiting alcohol.
When you think about fat circulating in the bloodstream, you might immediately think of cholesterol. But there's another type of fat you shouldn't ignore: triglycerides. As with cholesterol, high triglycerides can also increase the risk of having a heart attack. Existing drugs for lowering triglycerides aren't that good at reducing heart attack risk. That's why a report on a new way to lower triglycerides, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, is generating some excitement among cardiologists.