What are the ATP III guidelines classification of triglycerides?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The Adult Treatment Panel guidelines (ATP III) were published in 2001 and reclassified serum triglycerides (TG) as shown in Table 2, below. An update to the ATP III guidelines (ATP IV) was published in 2013. [83]

Table 2. Classification of Triglycerides (Open Table in a new window)

Classification

TG level, mg/dL

Normal triglyceride level

< 150

Borderline-high triglyceride level

150-199

High triglyceride level

200-499

Very high triglyceride level

>500

Source:  National Cholesterol Education Program. Executive summary of the third report of The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood cholesterol in adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). JAMA. May 16 2001;285(19):2486-97. [14]


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