Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests
What Affects the Test
Many conditions can affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Your doctor will talk with you about any abnormal results that may be related to your other health problems.
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Medicines, such as Reference diuretics Opens New Window, Reference corticosteroids Opens New Window, male sex hormones (Reference androgens Opens New Window), tranquilizers, estrogen, birth control pills, antibiotics, and niacin (vitamin B3).
- Physical stress, such as infection, heart attack, surgery.
- Eating 9 to 12 hours before the test.
- Other conditions, such as Reference hypothyroidism Opens New Window, diabetes, or kidney or liver disease.
- Alcohol or drug abuse or withdrawal.
- Liver disease (such as Reference cirrhosis Opens New Window or Reference hepatitis Opens New Window), malnutrition, or Reference hyperthyroidism Opens New Window.
- Pregnancy. Values are the highest during the third trimester and usually return to the prepregnancy levels after delivery of the baby.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference Carl Orringer, MD - Cardiology, Clinical Lipidology