Triglyceride Test (cont.)
Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- Triglyceride test facts*
- What are triglycerides?
- How are triglyceride levels measured?
- What are normal triglyceride levels, and what do high triglyceride levels mean?
- How can I lower my triglyceride levels?
- Changes in diet
- Lower Triglycerides - Slideshow
- High Cholesterol - Quiz
- Cholesterol Levels - Slideshow
Fibrates (for example, gemfibrozil [Lopid] or fenofibrate [Tricor]) and niacin are medications that lower both cholesterol and triglycerides. The decision to use these medications depends upon a variety of factors including the patient's past medical history, other medications taken, and other risk factors for atherosclerosis that might be present. Medication use does not replace diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Cholesterol Education Program.
Last Editorial Review: 9/24/2010
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