Triglycerides Summary Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Too much of this type of fat may raise the risk of coronary artery disease, especially in women. A blood test measures your triglycerides along with your cholesterol. Normal triglyceride levels are below 150. Levels above 200 are high. Factors that can raise your triglyceride level include Being overweight Lack of physical activity Smoking Excessive alcohol use A very high carbohydrate diet Certain diseases and medicines Some genetic disorders You may be able to lower your triglycerides with a combination of losing weight, diet, and exercise. You also may need to take medicine to lower your triglycerides. NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Find an Expert American Heart Association American Heart Association National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Diagnosis and Tests APOE Genotyping, Cardiovascular Disease American Association for Clinical Chemistry Lipid Profile American Association for Clinical Chemistry Triglycerides Test American Association for Clinical Chemistry Clinical Trials ClinicalTrials.gov: Hyperlipidemia, Familial Combined National Institutes of Health ClinicalTrials.gov: Hyperlipidemias National Institutes of Health ClinicalTrials.gov: Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IV National Institutes of Health ClinicalTrials.gov: Hypertriglyceridemia National Institutes of Health Array Familial hypertriglyceridemia Fibrates Triglyceride level VLDL test Genetics Genetics Home Reference: hepatic lipase deficiency National Library of Medicine Start Here Good vs. Bad Cholesterol American Heart Association Roadmap for Managing Your Triglycerides and Protecting Your Heart American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Triglycerides: Why Do They Matter? Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research What Are High Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides? American Heart Association Related Issues Hyperlipidemia American Heart Association Top Ten Things to Know: Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease American Heart Association Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease: FAQ American Heart Association Specifics Patient Guide to the Assessment and Treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia (High Triglycerides) Hormone Health Network Journal Articles Triglycerides NIH MedlinePlus Magazine What Do Fats Do in the Body?