Triglycerides are simply fat in the blood and are measured by a test called a lipid panel, which also tests for HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. The normal number for triglyceride levels is less than 150 milligrams per deciliter. High levels of triglycerides can cause heart disease. A healthy diet and exercise can be very effective in lowering triglyceride levels, as can medications, increased intake of omega-3s, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what triglycerides are, how to treat high triglycerides, and much more.
Cholesterol Testing and the Lipid Panel
WebMD explains the tests used to diagnose high cholesterol, including a total cholesterol test, lipoprotein analysis, lipid panel, and LDL test.
How to Lower Your Triglycerides
Triglycerides store fat that your body can use for energy. But too many is not a good thing. Learn what you can do to lower the level if yours are running too high.
Manage High Triglycerides: Tips from the Experts
Trying to control high cholesterol and high triglycerides? Manage your cholesterol and triglyceride levels with these simple tips.
Understanding Your Cholesterol Test Results
The results of cholesterol testing can be confusing. WebMD explains the difference between HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels.
What Cholesterol Means for Your Heart
Cholesterol has become a bad word in recent years, in large part because of its link with heart disease -- and there is definitely a connection.
Tips to Manage Cholesterol and High Triglycerides
Struggling with high triglycerides and high cholesterol? Manage high triglycerides with tips from the pros.
10 Tips for Better Heart Health
Your heart works hard for you nonstop for your whole life. So show it some TLC with these tips.
6 Heart Health Myths and Facts: Is Your Heart in Danger?
Are younger women in danger of heart disease? Would you know if you had a heart attack? WebMD lists out 6 dangerous myths we believe about heart disease.
Video: What Are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides aren’t cholesterol, but high levels can still lead to heart disease.
When To Test Cholesterol Levels
Cardiologist Jonathan Sackner Bernstein, MD, explains what tests are necessary if your cholesterol levels are normal.
Why is a lipid profile important?
See what this test measures and what the results mean for your health.
Slideshows & Images
Beyond Cholesterol: 14 Ways to Lower Triglycerides
To keep your heart healthy, you may need to watch your triglyceride levels. Use these tips to learn how to keep them in check.
Slideshow: Foods to Avoid If You Have High Triglycerides
If you have high triglycerides, what you eat matters. Find out what foods you should avoid.
Slideshow: Cholesterol 101 -- What Your Levels Mean
Pictures help explain cholesterol testing: LDL, HDL, good, bad, and triglycerides. Learn about the tests, treatments, and critical foods from eggs to avocados.
Slideshow: All About Triglycerides
It’s not just your cholesterol numbers that make up your lipid profile. Triglycerides are part of the picture as well. Find out more about triglycerides and how much you should have in your blood.