To evaluate triglyceride (TG) levels to assess cardiovascular disease risk and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
There are no activity or medication restrictions unless by medical direction. Instruct the patient to fast for 12 hr before specimen collection; fasting is required prior to measurement of TG levels. Ideally, the patient should be on a stable diet for 3 wk and avoid alcohol consumption for 3 days before specimen collection; alcohol increases TG levels. Protocols may vary among facilities.
|Acceptable Guidelines by Age
|SI Units (Conventional Units × 0.0113)
|2 yr–9 yr
|Less than 75 mg/dL
|Less than 0.85 mmol/L
|10 yr–17 yr
|Less than 90 mg/dL
|Less than 1 mmol/L
|18 yr and older
|Less than 150 mg/dL
|Less than 1.7 mmol/L
Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
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