Cholesterol Testing

How to check your Cholesterol levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit

What Is A Cholesterol Test For?

A Cholesterol test is also known as a Total Cholesterol test.

The Cholesterol Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Cholesterol in a fingerprick blood sample.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for the normal functioning of the body. It's mainly made by the liver, but can also be found in some foods.

Having a high cholesterol level, associated with a high amount of fats in your blood (hyperlipidaemia) can be detrimental to your health. There is evidence that having high cholesterol increases your risk from cardiovascular diseases and associated death. It's also important to consider the ratio of 'Good' and 'Bad' cholesterol.

What If Cholesterol Test Levels Are High?

What If Cholesterol Test Levels Are High?

Put simply: the lower your total cholesterol, the better

Eating healthily and doing regular exercise can help lower the level of cholesterol in your blood. This is also proven to reduce your risk from cardiovascular disease. 

High cholesterol can also be caused by inherited conditions so should be investigated further if other immediate relatives suffer from the condition.

What If Cholesterol Test Levels Are Low?

What If Cholesterol Test Levels Are Low?

There has historically been some debate about whether a very low cholesterol level is harmful. Low cholesterol is often seen when there is an existing problem like malnutrition, liver disease, or cancer. However there is no evidence that low cholesterol causes any of these problems.

How To Test Cholesterol?

Health testing for Cholesterol levels in your blood

You can check your Cholesterol levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit from just £69 using the following test kits:

Other Biomarkers Often Tested With Cholesterol

Cholesterol: Further Reading & Citations

To learn more about testing for Cholesterol you may wish to review the following sources:

nhs.uk. https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/study-says-theres-no-link-between-cholesterol-and-heart-disease

 

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