AsseyMethod: Photo Colorimetric
Abbrevation: TG
Sector: Biochemistry
SampleType: S
S.Vol: -
Transport: at 2-8˚c, -20˚c
Storage: 5 days at 2-8˚c for longer time at -20˚c
Test Name: Triglycerides
Normal Range: Level blewo 200 as normal 50-220 level of 200-400 as borderline level as 400-1000 as high

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Why get tested?

As part of a full lipid profile to assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, or to look for an underlying cause for a condition called pancreatitis

When to get tested?

As part of a lipid profile during a medical examination, after a diagnosis of pancreatitis, or if you are being treated for high triglycerides

Sample required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm

Test preparation needed?

None. Fasting is not routinely required when checking triglyceride concentration (the guidance on this changed in 2014). However, there may be circumstances when fasting is still required, so follow your doctor's advice.


What is being tested?

This test measures the amount of triglycerides in your blood. Triglycerides are the body's storage form of fat. Most triglycerides are found in fat (adipose) tissue, but some circulate in the blood to provide fuel for muscles to work. Extra triglycerides are found in the blood after eating a meal — when fat is being sent from the gut to fat tissue for storage.

How is the sample collected for testing?

Most often, a blood sample is collected using a needle to extract blood from a vein in the arm.

Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?

The test for triglyceride can be performed without any special preparation. Previously, fasting for 12 hours was recommended, but this changed in 2014. As we spend many hours of the day in a "post-meal" state, triglyceride levels after a meal are just as valid a representation of what our body is exposed to as levels taken when fasting.