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Triglycerides are lipids (fats) that circulate in the bloodstream. Triglyceride measurements are usually taken when cholesterol levels are analyzed, after an overnight fast. The average fasting triglyceride level is 120 to 125 mg/dl. Levels above 209 mg/dl are associated with significant arterial aging, especially with plaque buildup along the artery wall.
Healthy triglyceride is less than 150 mg/dL.
The normal level of triglycerides is 150 mg/dL. The risk of developing heart disease doubles when triglyceride levels are above 200. High levels of triglycerides are common in people who are overweight, who have diabetes or who have low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.
Cardiovascular specialist Dr. Merle Myerson explains what the ideal, healthy levels of triglycerides should be. Watch Dr. Myerson's video for important tips and information about heart health.
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