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Another type of blood fat.  When the triglyceride count is added together with HDL-Cholesterol and LDL-Cholesterol, this is what amount to the ‘Total Cholesterol’ count.  Triglycerides are a more complex form of cholesterol, that also add to the risk of cardiovascular (heart and vascular) health risk if the level is too high. Triglycerides should be kept below 1.5 to reduce the absolute overall risk of cardiovascular disease. Your doctor will routinely take blood tests to measure your triglyceride levels.

See also HDL and LDL (Cholesterol)