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Assessment and Clinical Relevance of Non-Fasting and Postprandial Triglycerides: An Expert Panel Statement

[ Vol. 9 , Issue. 3 ]


Genovefa D. Kolovou, Dimitri P. Mikhailidis, Jan Kovar, Dennis Lairon, Borge G. Nordestgaard, Teik Chye Ooi, Pablo Perez-Martinez, Helen Bilianou, Katherine Anagnostopoulou and George Panotopoulos   Pages 258 - 270 ( 13 )


An Expert Panel group of scientists and clinicians met to consider several aspects related to non-fasting and postprandial triglycerides (TGs) and their role as risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this context, we review recent epidemiological studies relevant to elevated non-fasting TGs as a risk factor for CVD and provide a suggested classification of non-fasting TG concentration. Secondly, we sought to describe methodologies to evaluate postprandial TG using a fat tolerance test (FTT) in the clinic. Thirdly, we discuss the role of non-fasting lipids in the treatment of postprandial hyperlipemia. Finally, we provide a series of clinical recommendations relating to non-fasting TGs based on the consensus of the Expert Panel: 1). Elevated non-fasting TGs are a risk factor for CVD. 2). The desirable non-fasting TG concentration is < 2 mmol/l ( < 180 mg/dl). 3). For standardized postprandial testing, a single FTT meal should be given after an 8 h fast and should consist of 75 g of fat, 25 g of carbohydrates and 10 g of protein. 4). A single TG measurement 4 h after a FTT meal provides a good evaluation of the postprandial TG response. 5). Preferably, subjects with non-fasting TG levels of 1-2 mmol/l (89-180 mg/dl) should be tested with a FTT. 6). TG concentration ≤ 2.5 mmol/l (220 mg/dl) at any time after a FTT meal should be considered as a desirable postprandial TG response. 7). A higher and undesirable postprandial TG response could be treated by aggressive lifestyle modification (including nutritional supplementation) and/or TG lowering drugs like statins, fibrates and nicotinic acid.


Postprandial triglycerides, non-fasting triglycerides, chylomicron remnants, very low density lipoprotein remnants, fat tolerance test, cardiovascular disease, statins, fibrates, nicotinic acid, type IIb hyperlipidemia


Cardiology Department, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, 356 Sygrou Avenue, 176 74 Athens, Greece.

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