LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol (LDL) Testing
How to check your LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol Test For?
A LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol test is also known as a Low-density Lipoprotein test.
Bad Cholesterol (LDL) is detrimental to your health.
High levels of Bad Cholesterol contribute to fatty build-ups in arteries (atherosclerosis).
These plaques narrow arteries and raise the risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease.
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LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol Testing UK Statistics 2021
42.5% of people tested have LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol levels which are too high.
The average LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol result is 5.6 mmol/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Men tend to report higher LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol in their blood than women.
As many as one in two men tested have high levels of LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol
of people have LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 57.5% with normal results?
What If LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol Test Levels Are High?
High levels of LDL Cholesterol increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If your cholesterol ratio is high and you have other risk factors - including obesity, family history, smoking etc - then targeting a LDL-C level of 2.0 mmol/L is usually recommended. A fall of 30% from your current level can also be seen as a significant reduction.
If you are not considered to be at high risk of cardiovascular disease, then while there is no official target below 3.0 mmol/L is seen as desirable.
The first step in treating high LDL Cholesterol is to adopt a healthy diet. This especially means reducing saturated fat intake and increasing foods which are known to lower LDL levels. These include vegetables, oats, soya and nuts.
If dieting is not successful, your doctor may prescribe statins. These medications are well established and proven to be effective with a low rate of side effects.
How To Test LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol?
The 'Bad' Cholesterol (LDL) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of 'Bad' Cholesterol in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Cholesterol Home Test Kit includes a LDL 'Bad' Cholesterol test and is available for just £49.
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