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Triglyceride Test

The triglycerides are the fats from the food we eat that are carried in the blood. And most of the fats we eat are in triglyceride form. Extra calories, alcohol, and sugar in the body turn into triglycerides and are stored in fat cells throughout the body.
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What is the Triglyceride test? 

The triglyceride test is used to look for triglycerides, which is a typeof fat (lipid) found in the blood. This test helps to assess the risks ofdeveloping blockages in the heart and the brain. Increased amounts oftriglycerides might indicate major heart, kidney, or brain diseases.

People who follow a lifestyle of unhealthy foods and less physicalactivity or those who are suffering from obesity are more prone to havingincreased levels of triglycerides. It is very crucial to establish anaccurate diagnosis of triglyceride levels to proactively mitigate therisks of stroke or any major cardiovascular disease.

What are the other names for the Triglyceride test? 

The other names are: serum triglycerides, Trig, and TGL.

What are the test parameters included in the Triglyceride test?

There is only one parameter.


What does the Triglyceride test measure?

The triglyceride test analyses the number of triglycerides in the blood.These triglycerides are a type of body fat (lipid). Chemically,triglycerides consist of three molecules of fatty acid combined with amolecule of glycerol alcohol.

The high levels of triglycerides in the blood have been linked toatherosclerosis, which increases the risk of heart disease (coronaryartery disease), peripheral artery disease, stroke, and kidney disease.Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque (made up of fat, cholesterol,calcium, and other substances) builds up inside the arteries (bloodvessels), resulting in a narrowing of the lumen. This obstructs the flowof blood to the organs and other parts of the body. Signs and symptoms ofatherosclerosis usually do not appear until severe or total blockage ofthe artery (blood vessel). Therefore, most people are not aware ofatherosclerosis until they have a medical emergency, such as a heartattack or a stroke.

The increased level of triglycerides might also be seen in metabolicsyndrome (cluster of metabolic risk factors for cardiovascular disease,type 2 diabetes, and stroke). Very high triglyceride values may also causeinflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).

The Triglycerides test is usually done as a part of a lipid profile,which includes the other tests like Cholesterol, High-density lipoproteins(HDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and very low-density lipoprotein(VLDL) also.

What’s the normal range of Triglyceride test?

Normal - Below 150 mg/dL

Borderline High - 150 - 199 mg/dL

High - 200 - 499 mg/dL

Very High - Above 500 mg/dL


Who should get a Triglyceride test? 

A lipid profile that includes triglycerides is recommended every year toevaluate the risk of heart disease in healthy adults. Children should have alipid profile screening at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 yearsold, and once again between the ages of 17 and 21 years old.

Testing might be ordered more frequently when people have identified therisk factors for heart disease. Usually, some of the risk factors for heartdisease include:

  • Cigarette smoking

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Unhealthy diet

  • Being physically inactive - not doing enough exercise

  • Age (Men 45 years or older or women 55 years or older)

  • High blood pressure (hypertension - blood pressure of higher or takinghigh blood pressure medication)

  • Family history of premature heart disease (heart disease in an immediatefamily member-male relative under age 55 or female relative under theage of 65 years)

  • If there is pre-existing heart disease or if you have already had aheart attack.

  • Diabetes or prediabetes

In diabetes, it is especially important to have triglycerides analysed as apart of any lipid testing since triglycerides increase significantly whenblood glucose levels are not within control. Earlier and more frequentscreening with a lipid profile is ordered for children and young people whoare at an increased risk of developing heart disease as adults. Some of therisk factors are very similar to those in adults and include a familyhistory of heart disease or health problems such as diabetes, high bloodpressure, or being overweight.

Are there any preparations needed for the Triglyceride test?

No special preparation is required and fasting is required for this test.

What is the cost of a Triglyceride test?

What is the type of sample required? 

This test requires a blood sample.

Who will perform the Triglyceride test?

A healthcare provider, who is also called a phlebotomist, usually performsblood draws, including those for a triglyceride test, but any healthcareprovider trained in drawing blood can perform this task. These samples aresent to a lab where a medical laboratory scientist prepares the samples andperforms the tests on analysers or manually.


What should I expect during my Triglyceride test?

You may expect to experience the following during the blood test or a blooddraw:

  • You have to sit comfortably on the chair, and a healthcare provider willcheck your arms for an easily accessible vein. This is the inner part ofyour arm on the other side of your elbow.

  • Once the phlebotomist has located a vein, they will clean and disinfectthe area with an alcohol swab.

  • They will insert a needle into your vein to draw a blood sample. Theymay feel like a small pinch.

  • After they insert the needle, the required amount of blood is drawn intoa test tube.

  • When they have drawn enough blood for the test, they’ll remove theneedle and hold a cotton ball or gauze on the pricked site to stop anybleeding.

  • They will apply a band-aid over the pricked site, and the bloodcollection is finished.

This process takes less than five minutes. 

What should I expect after my Triglyceride test?

Once the phlebotomist has collected the blood sample, it will be sent to thelaboratory for processing or testing. When the reports are ready, yourhealthcare provider will share the results with you.

What is the risk of the Triglyceride test?

These blood tests are very common, and they don’t carry any significantrisks. You can have a slight pain like an ant bite when the needle getsinserted, and a small bruise might develop there.

When can I expect my Triglyceride test results?

This report is available via email or WhatsApp within 6 hours of thecollection of the blood sample.

What do the results of a Triglyceride test mean?

Interpreting test results

Normal Results

The value of the triglyceride test is given in terms of mg/dl, or milligramsper decilitre. However, they differ from lab to lab. Here the values arementioned as mg/dL.

Normal values are usually under 150 mg/dl, which could mean thattriglycerides levels in the bloodstream are under control, and you might notbe facing any risk of heart disease or diabetes.


Abnormal Results

Triglyceride levels that are higher than the normal range are consideredabnormal. The following is the correlation between triglyceride values andthe risks associated with them:

  • 151-199 mg/dL indicates a moderate risk.

  • 200 - 499 mg/dL indicates a high risk

  • Any value above 500 mg/dL is an indication of very high risk.


The conditions that are associated with high triglyceride levels are asfollows:

  • Diabetes 

  • Strokes

  • Heart diseases like atherosclerosis (hardening of the blood vessels)

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Inflammation of the pancreas


Low levels of thyroid hormone or dysfunction of the liver (cirrhosis) andkidneys (nephrotic syndrome) may also lead to high triglyceride levels.Furthermore, low protein and high carbohydrate diets could be a reason forthe increased values. Certain female hormonal medicines may also be one ofthe contributors. 


What are normal Triglyceride test results?

  • The normal triglyceride level is 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

  • The borderline high level is 150 to 199 mg/dL.

  • The high level is 200 to 499 mg/dL.

  • The very high level is more than 500 mg/dL.

Normal ranges might vary slightly among different laboratories. Some of thelabs use different measurements or might test different samples. Speak toyour health care provider about the meaning of your specific test results.

What other tests might I have along with this test?

Lipid profile, Kidney functions


How do I book a Triglyceride test at home?

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