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Quest Diagnostics Test Code: 896

Serum triglyceride analysis lab test has proven useful in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus, nephrosis, liver obstruction, other diseases involving lipid metabolism, and various endocrine disorders. In conjunction with high density lipoprotein and total serum cholesterol, a triglyceride determination provides valuable information for the assessment of coronary heart disease risk.

Triglycerides is the storage form of fat in the body and is used as a major source of energy. Most triglycerides are found in the fat tissue in the body, so a small amount can circulate in the blood. It is important to test the levels of triglycerides in the body as a high amount can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. The test for triglycerides is usually performed as part of a panel of tests called a lipid profile, which is useful in measuring cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk levels, and the need for statin medication.

This triglyceride lab test is performed in following conditions such as:

• Cigarette smoking
• Being overweight or obese
• Unhealthy diet
• Increasing age (men above 45)
• High blood pressure
• Family history of heart disease
• Current heart disease
• Diabetes


The Triglycerides test requires fasting 12-14 hours prior to collection.


Specimen Collected
  • Blood
Estimated Time Taken

Turnaround time for the Triglycerides test is typically 1 business day.