Triglycerides (TG)

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What is the Lab Name for Triglycerides ?

Triglycerides

What is the Lab Abbreviation for Triglycerides ?

TG

What is Triglycerides in terms of Nursing Labs?

Triglycerides (TG) are required to provide energy during the metabolic process, excess triglycerides are stored in adipose tissue.

What is the Normal Range for Triglycerides ?

<150 mg/dL

What are the Indications for Triglycerides ?

  • Evaluate for:
    • Elevated triglycerides
    • Risk for atherosclerotic heart disease and stroke

What would cause Increased Levels of Triglycerides ?

  • Myocardial Infarction (MI)
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis
  • High carbohydrate diet
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hypertension (HTN)
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Renal failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stress

What would cause Decreased Levels of Triglycerides ?

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Liver disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Malnutrition
  • Malabsorption

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