5 Cholesterol Levels: by Age & the Normal Range!

5) What are triglycerides, and what is the normal range

When you have a lipid panel done, you will also read something about triglycerides. What are they? Triglycerides are a simple type of fat that your body needs. Your blood contains triglycerides, which are made out of carbohydrates. Your body converts triglycerides into energy or stores them in the fatty tissue. Thus, overweight patients tend to have abnormal triglyceride levels.

High triglycerides also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Doctors typically consider a threshold of 150 mg/dL, and anything over that threshold is considered high. If you take medications, your triglyceride levels may read differently. Even medicines like birth control pills, birth control pills, and corticosteroids can cause your triglyceride levels to increase.

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Lipid Panel.