A quarter of adults in the United States have elevated triglyceride levels (≥150 mg/dL)—an improvement from a decade ago.
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data showed that from 2001 to 2004, 33.3% of people 20 years and older had elevated triglycerides compared with 25.1% during 2009 to 2012. Possible factors contributing to the trend are fewer adults who smoke and more who take cholesterol-lowering medications (Carroll MD et al. NCHS Data Brief. 2015;:1-8).
Improving Triglyceride Levels. JAMA. 2015;313(24):2417. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6544