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Classification of Triglyceride Levels

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Table 2. Classification of Triglyceride Levels

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Risk CategoryTriglyceride MeasurementInitiate Therapy
Adapted from National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III)Link will take you outside the VA website.. NIH Publication No. 02-5215. September 2002.
Normal<150 mg/dL
Borderline High150-199 mg/dL
High200-499 mg/dL
  • TLC
  • Consider drug therapy for those with CHD, CHD equivalents, high risk of CHD
Very High≥500 mg/dL
  • Low-fat diet (<15% of caloric intake); pharmacologic therapy probably will be required
  • Consider drug therapy
  • If severe (>1,000 mg/dL), treat to decrease risk of pancreatitis

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