What is a normal triglyceride level

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
What is a normal triglyceride level
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Triglycerides are the main type of fat carried by the body which come from the foods we consume. It is important that these do not increase too much, as high triglycerides increase the risk of CHD (heart diseases). So, on we explain in what the normal triglyceride level is.

You may also be interested in: What Are the Causes of High Triglycerides

How are triglyceride levels measured?

Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood, so they have to be measured through a blood test. We recommend you consult our article how to interpret a blood test.

The specific blood test that is carried out is a lipid panel, where results for good and bad cholesterol can also be detected.

What is the normal triglyceride level?

The triglyceride range is:

  • Normal: less than 150 mg/dL
  • Borderline High: 150 a 199 mg/dL
  • High: 200 a 499 mg/dL
  • Very high: 500 mg/dL or higher

When triglyceride levels exceed 150 mg/dL they are considered high, and as they increase, they become even more harmful to health. More specifically, having a high level of triglycerides can cause heart diseases.

High levels are usually also linked to people with high cholesterol levels too.

It is therefore necessary to take steps to reduce the level and it can be useful to know what to eat if you have high triglycerides.

What causes elevated triglycerides?

Some of the causes of high triglyceride levels are, among others:

  • Being overweight
  • An exessive calorie intake
  • Age
  • Hereditary factors
  • Diseases: diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney disease...

We recommend you consult our article what are the causes of high triglycerides for further information.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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