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Test Description

A triglycerides test determines the amount of triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are a form of fat in the body. If you consume more calories than you required, then the extra calories are transformed into triglycerides. These triglycerides are stockpiled in the fat cells to use in the future. When the body requires energy, these cells are released into the bloodstream in order to provide energy for muscles to work. If you consume more calories than you burn off, particularly calories from fats and carbohydrates, then you many get high levels of triglyceride in your blood. High triglycerides level may put you at higher risk for a stroke or heart attack.
What is the triglycerides test used for?
A triglycerides test is generally part of a lipid profile. Another word or term for fat is Lipid. A Lipid profile is a test that determines the fat levels in the blood, which include triglycerides and cholesterol, a fatty, waxy substance found in all cells of the body. If you encounter high levels of LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides, then you may be at high risk for a stroke or heart attack. Your healthcare practitioner may order a lipid profile test as part of a regular examination or in order to diagnose/monitor heart conditions.
When to order a triglycerides test?
Healthy adults should order a lipid profile, which incorporates a triglycerides test, every 4 or 6 years.
You may have to be tested more frequently if you can specific risk factors for heart-related disease. These include:

  • Heart disease history in the family
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • High blood pressure or hypertension
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise
  • Age: Men 45 years or older/Women 50 years or older are at great risk for heart disease
  • During the triglycerides test, a blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm, through a small needle. After inserting the needle, a small amount of blood will be gathered into a test tube. You may sense a little sting when a needle is inserted or ejected. The process generally takes less than 5 minutes. For test preparation, you may have to fast for 9 to 12 hours before blood is taken. Your healthcare practitioner will let you know any instructions you should follow. Interpreting the triglycerides test results Triglycerides are generally determined in milligrams (mg) of triglycerides per deciliter (dL) of blood. For adults, the test results are generally sorted as below:
  • Desirable or normal triglycerides range: Less than 150 mg/dL
  • Borderline high triglycerides range: 150-199 mg/dL
  • High triglycerides range: 200-499 mg/dL
  • Very high triglycerides range: 500 mg/dL or above
  • Higher than desirable triglycerides levels may put you at a greater risk for heart disease. In order to reduce your triglycerides levels, your healthcare practitioner may suggest lifestyle changes or prescribe some medications. Make sure to contact your healthcare practitioner before you make any significant changes to your exercise or diet routine.
    Testing Info

    Alternate Name: Triglycerides Blood Test

    Test Instructions : Patient should fast 9-12 hours prior to collection Please do not exercise prior to testing. It is best that your blood is taken in a rested state.

    Methodology: Spectrophotometry (SP)

    Results In: 1

    Note: Turn around times on results are an estimate and are not guaranteed. The lab may need additional time due to holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, etc. You can contact us to discuss when your results should be ready and we will contact the lab on your behalf immediately.