Cholesterol Advice

Frequently Asked Questions about Triglyceride Tests

Why get tested for triglycerides?
Triglycerides are energy transporters of the body. This makes them essential to our existence but too high levels of triglycerides are dangerous. An excessive amount of triglycerides can put you under the risk of development of numerous cardiovascular diseases.

How to get the test done?
In order to get triglycerides test done, it is best that you visit a certified clinical laboratory. A sample of your blood would be collected from either your brain or your finger tip and analysed to create a full lipid profile.

Health fairs are places where you will come also across such a facility. Usually the blood sample would be taken from your fingertip and analysed using a portable finger-stick analyser. However, the results in this case might not always indicate the actual levels as certain factors might have actually intervened

Who should get this test done?
All adults who eating a low fat, low cholesterol diet and exercise regularly can get it done once every five years. However, those who are undergoing medication or treatment for excessive levels of cholesterol and high triglyceride content in their body need to get it done a couple of times within a year. People who have already been diagnosed with heart problems or who have suffered from a heart attack also need to get the tests done regularly.

If there is a family history of diabetes, hypertension, and being overweight then the test is recommended for children above 2 years (since those below 2 years are too young to be tested) and adolescents.

When to get this test done?
As suggested above, the frequency of the test and its timing depends upon the age of the person, family history, and present status of health and disease. The frequency can range between once every five years to once every three months.

Are there any special precautions to be taken while getting the test done?
The answer to the above question is “Yes”. There is one thing which you should absolutely do. And that is that you should fast for up to 12 hours before the test gets underway. The reason why you should do so is to offset the fluctuation that might have come in the levels of cholesterol in your blood (eating of a fat and cholesterol rich diet is the main reason). Stabilizing of these levels require at least 10 hours but it is good to give the body two hours extra.

If you don’t fast then the results might not be accurate. And incorrect results will eventually have an impact upon the medication or corrective treatment that you might have to pay for. So it is advised to have a fast of 12 hours before the test.