Cholesterol Levels


Triglycerides are not actually cholesterol, but a form of fat carried through the bloodstream. Most of your body's fat is in the form of triglycerides stored in fat tissue. Only a small portion is found in the bloodstream.
High triglyceride levels alone do not necessarily cause atherosclerosis. But some lipoproteins that are rich in triglycerides also contain cholesterol, which causes atherosclerosis in some people with high triglycerides. Also, high triglycerides are often accompanied by other factors, such as low HDL or diabetes, that raise the risk of heart disease. Therefore, high levels may be a sign of a lipoprotein problem that contributes to heart disease.
Triglyceride Levels
Triglyceride Category
Less than 150 mg/dL
150-199 mg/dL
Borderline high
200-499 mg/dL
500 mg/dL or above
Very high
Triglyceride levels that are borderline high (150 to 199 mg/dL) or high (200 mg/dL or more) may require treatment.
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