Triglycerides

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Also known as: TG; TRIG

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

As part of a full lipid profile to assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, or to look for an underlying cause for a condition called pancreatitis

When to Get Tested?

As part of a lipid profile during a medical examination, after a diagnosis of pancreatitis, or if you are being treated for high triglycerides

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None. Fasting is not routinely required when checking triglyceride concentration (the guidance on this changed in 2014). However, there may be circumstances when fasting is still required, so follow your doctor's advice.