Serum Triglycerides Test is a simple blood test that uses a blood sample to determine the amount of triglyceride in the serum (a free liquid that is leftover from the blood when RBCs and clotting factors have been removed). Triglycerides are the main constituents of body fat in human body. High levels of triglycerides indicate an increased risk of heart disease. High levels could also be a sign of metabolic syndrome.
Why get tested?
Serum Triglycerides Test is used to measure the risk of heart disease which may be caused due to an underline metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of health condition that includes excess fat around the waist, increased blood pressure and elevated blood sugar with low HDL cholesterol.
This test includes
The test does not require any specific preparations. However, following are the points that must be kept in mind prior to undergoing the Serum Triglycerides test -
The patients are advised to inform the doctor about their present health status and any on-going medical treatment.
The patients should also inform the doctor about herbal products he/she has been consuming as it may interfere with the test results.
Patients are also advised to inform the doctor about any allergies they suffer from.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol prior to undergoing the test.
The patients are required not to eat or drink anything at least 12 hours prior to the test.
Frequently asked questions
Q.What is the normal range of Serum Triglycerides in a healthy person?
Serum triglycerides level less than 150 mg/dL is considered to be normal.
Q.What conditions can lead to high levels of triglycerides?
Diabetes, Biliary obstruction, Nephrotic syndrome, renal failure and Metabolic endocrinopathies are a few conditions that may lead to high levels of triglycerides.