Adults: 50-150 mg/dl
Children up to 9 years old: 40-75 mg/dl
Children from 10 to 17 years old: 45-90 mg/dl
In the International System of Units (SI), triglycerides in the blood are measured in mmol/L. The normal triglyceride levels in the blood in the SI are:
Adults: 0.56-1.7 mmol/l
Children up to 9 years old: 0.45-0.85 mmol/l
Children from 10 to 17 years old: 0.50-1.02 mmol/l
Each laboratory must establish its own normal ranges for triglycerides in the blood. These ranges depend on the makeup of the local population, the technologies used and the accuracy of the measurement. There may be also slight differences in the normal levels, according to age, gender, race or ethnic origin, geographic region, diet, type of sample and other relevant status.
Your doctor will study the results along with your medical record, screenings, physical condition, symptoms and any other relevant information about your situation.
Triglycerides are a type of lipids (fats) present in the blood. They are used as an energy storage.
When we eat more calories than we need, the body stores part of those calories in the form of triglycerides. These triglycerides circulate through the bloodstream to provide energy to the muscles. After a meal, new triglycerides are added to the bloodstream and the levels of triglycerides in the blood increase.
If triglycerides in the blood are high it is very likely that cholesterol in the blood is also high.
If triglycerides, cholesterol and calcium are accumulated in the bloodstream, it is possible that they can narrow arteries (atherosclerosis) or even cause the closure of an artery.
Triglycerides blood test is used as a cardiovascular risk factor.
High levels of triglycerides in the blood are related to a higher possibility to suffer a cardiovascular disease (heart attack) or a cerebrovascular disease (stroke). This risk increases in case of obesity or overweight.
Approximately, half of the people with an episode of coronary artery disease is caused by high levels of triglycerides.
Very high levels of triglycerides (over 1000 mg/dl) may be a sign of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Triglycerides can be lower than normal in case of an unbalanced diet with low intake of fats and carbohydrates or due to malabsorption. Since triglycerides are a type of energy storage, a low amount of triglycerides can damage the kidney or other organs if their levels are excessively low.
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The following values are considered to be normal values:
IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in mg/dl. They are an example of a healthy man of about 45 years old with a balanced diet, no known disease and not taking any medication. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.
|50 mg/dl||51 mg/dl||52 mg/dl||53 mg/dl||54 mg/dl||55 mg/dl||56 mg/dl||57 mg/dl|
|58 mg/dl||59 mg/dl||60 mg/dl||61 mg/dl||62 mg/dl||63 mg/dl||64 mg/dl||65 mg/dl|
|66 mg/dl||67 mg/dl||68 mg/dl||69 mg/dl||70 mg/dl||71 mg/dl||72 mg/dl||73 mg/dl|
|74 mg/dl||75 mg/dl||76 mg/dl||77 mg/dl||78 mg/dl||79 mg/dl||80 mg/dl||81 mg/dl|
|82 mg/dl||83 mg/dl||84 mg/dl||85 mg/dl||86 mg/dl||87 mg/dl||88 mg/dl||89 mg/dl|
|90 mg/dl||91 mg/dl||92 mg/dl||93 mg/dl||94 mg/dl||95 mg/dl||96 mg/dl||97 mg/dl|
|98 mg/dl||99 mg/dl||100 mg/dl||101 mg/dl||102 mg/dl||103 mg/dl||104 mg/dl||105 mg/dl|
|106 mg/dl||107 mg/dl||108 mg/dl||109 mg/dl||110 mg/dl||111 mg/dl||112 mg/dl||113 mg/dl|
|114 mg/dl||115 mg/dl||116 mg/dl||117 mg/dl||118 mg/dl||119 mg/dl||120 mg/dl||121 mg/dl|
|122 mg/dl||123 mg/dl||124 mg/dl||125 mg/dl||126 mg/dl||127 mg/dl||128 mg/dl||129 mg/dl|
|130 mg/dl||131 mg/dl||132 mg/dl||133 mg/dl||134 mg/dl||135 mg/dl||136 mg/dl||137 mg/dl|
|138 mg/dl||139 mg/dl||140 mg/dl||141 mg/dl||142 mg/dl||143 mg/dl||144 mg/dl||145 mg/dl|
|146 mg/dl||147 mg/dl||148 mg/dl||149 mg/dl||150 mg/dl|