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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:
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)
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