Welcome to our triglyceride level test guide. You will need your result to begin. If you don't know your triglyceride level, contact your doctor's office to find out what it is. Then, come back here!
Triglycerides are a type of fat used as an energy source. There are always some triglycerides floating in your blood stream. Normally, if the amount of triglycerides in the blood gets too high, your liver and belly fat (the fat that accumulates around the waist) absorb the excess triglycerides.
An elevated triglyceride level does not cause symptoms unless it is extremely high. However, high triglycerides are associated with certain health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Let's consider what your blood triglyceride level means for you.
What is your triglyceride level?
Source: from Harvard Health Decision Guides, Harvard Health Publications, Copyright © August 2010 by President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved. Used with permission of StayWell.