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Reducing Heart Disease Risk

Elevated triglyceride levels boost your risk for heart disease. Normal triglyceride levels are less than 150 mg/dl, according to the American Heart Association. Borderline high levels are 150 to 199, and high levels are 200 to 499. To help reduce triglyceride levels, lose weight if you're overweight; reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet; cut back on your alcohol consumption; and get at least 60 minutes of exercise on most or all days of the week. Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Online Medical Reviewer: Virendra Patel, MD
Last Review Date: 3/12/2010
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