What’s a Normal Triglyceride Level?

“So, what’s a normal triglyceride level?” may be the question you ask yourself when your doctor tells you the results of your triglyceride test. And it is a great question. After all, how can you measure anything without knowing the standard?

As the scientific research results come in, the medical professionals are realizing that they need to take a second look at what is considered ‘normal’ when it comes to triglycerides. In the most recent past, anything under 150 mg/dl was considered a normal and healthy level. And anything over 200 mg/dl was considered a level that indicated risk and treatment was needed.

However, as recently as April 2011, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new recommendations based upon the newest available research.  These recommendations include not only what is considered the normal triglyceride level when fasting but also the normal level one would expect to have after eating. And, now there is a level of triglycerides that is considered optimal.

If your triglycerides were measured while you were fasting for 8 to 12 hours, an optimal level would be less than 100 mg/dl. A normal level would be from 100 mg/dl up to 150 mg/dl. Anything above that would be considered from high to very high, depending on the actual measurement.

If your triglycerides were measured in a non-fasting state, a normal level would be anything under 200 mg/dl. Above that would be considered high.

What is considered ‘normal’ for you can only be determined if you have a baseline established. In order to establish a triglyceride baseline, the AHA recommends that you have three levels drawn at approximately the same time and in the same fasting state at least a week apart and within a two month period of time.