Elevated triglyceride is associated with cardiovascular disease. For adults aged 20 and over with elevated triglyceride, recommendations for therapeutic lifestyle changes include increased physical activity, weight loss, optimal nutrition-related practices, and smoking cessation.
A new NCHS report shows trends in the percentage of U.S. adults aged 20 and over with elevated triglyceride (150 mg/dL or more) are examined using data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2001–2004, 2005–2008, and 2009–2012.
Key Findings from the Report:
- The percentage of adults aged 20 and over with elevated triglyceride (150 mg/dL or more) declined from 33.3% during 2001–2004 to 25.1% during 2009–2012.
- Percentages with elevated triglyceride decreased for both men and women—among men, from 37.3% for 2001–2004 to 28.7% for 2009–2012, and among women, from 29.3% for 2001–2004 to 21.5% for 2009–2012.
- For adults aged 60 and over, declines in elevated triglyceride levels were seen in both men (from 39.9% during 2001–2004 to 24.8% during 2009–2012) and women (from 43.5% during 2001–2004 to 30.9% during 2009–2012).
- Declines in elevated triglyceride levels were observed in overweight and obese men and women between 2001–2004 and 2009–2012.