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Triglycerides are a form of lipid (fat) found in the blood. They are an important measure of heart health. Triglycerides are used by the body as a source of energy. The excess calories we eat are stored as triglycerides by the body for later use. When the amount of calorie intake exceeds the burnout, it leads to triglyceride buildup in the blood. Triglyceride test is used to measure the triglyceride levels in blood which is a marker for heart health and overall bodily functions.

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Triglyceride test is done to monitor the risk of heart diseases, stroke or any other medical condition that involves the blood vessels [arteries] like peripheral arterial diseases. In known cases of high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, the test is done to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and medications. How often the test should be done will depend on age, sex and risk of heart diseases.

The triglyceride test measures the level of triglycerides which is a form of lipid (fat) in the blood

During triglycerides test blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. You may feel a  little sting when the needle goes in or out. This usually takes less than five minutes.

High triglyceride levels mainly lead to hardening or thickening of the blood vessels leading to risk of heart diseases, strokes and other medical conditions involving the blood vessels. 
Very high triglyceride levels may also lead to acute pancreatitis. 
High triglyceride levels may also be sign of type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, hypothyroidism, certain genetic conditions or side-effects of medications.
There are age and gender specific guidelines to decide if the high triglyceride levels require treatment or not.  
Low triglyceride levels may occur due to low-fat diet, hyperthyroidism, malabsorption conditions or malnutrition.

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