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Triglycerides are fat. 

Triglycerides are often elevated in the same circumstances in which cholesterol levels are elevated, and with the same significance: increased risk of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.

Triglycerides may also be elevated in:

  • Liver disease
  • Endocrine disease
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis

Triglycerides may be decreased in:

  • Malnutrition
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • COPD
  • Brain infarction

Normal Values*

Men 40-160 mg/dl 0.45-1.81 mmol/L


35-135 mg/dl 0.40-1.53 mmol/L
Pregnancy <260 mg/dl <2.94 mmol/L
Children 30-138 mg/dl 0.34-1.56 mmol/L

*These are general values taken from a variety of sources. The actual normal values may vary from lab to lab and from one type of testing protocol to another.