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HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Testing (HDL)

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How to check your HDL 'Good' Cholesterol levels with a home finger-prick blood test kit

What Is A HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Test For?

A HDL 'Good' Cholesterol test is also known as a High Density Lipoprotein or HDL-C test.

Good Cholesterol (HDL) is a waxy substance present in your blood. Studies show that Good Cholesterol plays a role in removing Bad Cholesterol (LDL) from your arteries.

HDL carries this cholesterol to the liver where it can be removed from the body. So high levels of Good Cholesterol may reduce the risk from heart attack and stroke.

Conversely low levels of Good Cholesterol are linked with an increased risk of heart disease.

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HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Testing UK Statistics 2021

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29.3% of people tested have HDL 'Good' Cholesterol levels which are too high.

And 4.7% have levels that are too low.

The average HDL 'Good' Cholesterol result is 1.7 mmol/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.

Human male body

Men tend to report higher HDL 'Good' Cholesterol in their blood than women.

As many as one in three men tested have high levels of HDL 'Good' Cholesterol

Normal range test results


of people have HDL 'Good' Cholesterol blood levels in the normal range. Do you?

Are you in the 66.0% with normal results?

What If HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Test Levels Are High?

What If HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Test Levels Are High?

Experts at HEART UK state that "the protective effect of HDL appears to reach its maximum when levels are around 1.5mmol/L".

So increased levels of HDL above this level may not provide further protection against 'bad' cholesterol.

What If HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Test Levels Are Low?

What If HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Test Levels Are Low?

HDL cholesterol carries cholesterol away from your artery walls, so higher levels are better. The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Lack of exercise, smoking and high alcohol consumption can reduce your HDL cholesterol. It can also be temporarily lowered during sudden illness, or recovering from surgery or an accident.

Increasing your HDL is recommended - the higher the better.

This can be achieved through losing weight, avoiding smoking, exercising more and maintaining a healthy diet. Low-carb and ketogenic diets have been shown to increase HDL cholesterol.

  • HDL levels can be increased, and triglycerides decreased, through increased physical activity. Just an hour of moderate aerobic exercise a week can make a significant difference.
  • Trans fats should be avoided in your diet where possible. Trans fats increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and reduce good cholesterol (HDL) levels. This means reducing your intake of most fried foods as well as baked goods such as cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, frozen pizza etc.
  • Reducing dietary saturated fat can also be beneficial, for example by lowering your intake of full-fat dairy products and choosing leaner cuts of meat. A diet which emphasises fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts is recommended.
  • If you smoke, please try to stop! Smoking tobacco increases bad cholesterol (LDL) and reduces good cholesterol (HDL levels), particularly in women. Smoking can also increase your triglyceride blood levels.
  • Moderate alcohol use can actually help raise your HDL levels, but if you don't drink, don't start. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to weight gain, and as a result may increase blood pressure and triglyceride levels, both of which increase your risk from cardiovascular conditions.

How To Test HDL 'Good' Cholesterol?

Health testing for HDL 'Good' Cholesterol levels in your blood

The HDL 'Good' Cholesterol (HDL) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of HDL 'Good' Cholesterol in a fingerprick blood sample.

You can check your HDL 'Good' Cholesterol levels by buying a home finger-prick 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 HDL 'Good' Cholesterol test and is available for just £49.

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Other Biomarkers Often Tested With HDL 'Good' Cholesterol

Why Take The HDL Cholesterol Test?

Our cholesterol home blood test kit checks the levels of specific fats in your blood including triglycerides and 'Good' and 'Bad' cholesterol.

High levels of cholesterol significantly increase the risk from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Assessing your cholesterol levels allows you to make targeted healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your risk from cardiovascular diseases.

Take control of your health without any of the inconvenience of going to the doctors with one of Vitall’s at-home blood tests.

Who Should Take The HDL Cholesterol Blood Test?

Measure blood fats and assess your risk from heart disease using a home finger-prick blood test kit.

You get the convenience of home testing with the reassurance of professional clinical analysis. Your results are delivered quickly & securely online.

This Cholesterol Test is advised if you:

  • are overweight or obese (have a high BMI);
  • are, or have been, a smoker;
  • don't do much exercise or lead a sedentary lifestyle;
  • drink alcohol regularly or are a binge drinker;
  • have an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) ;
  • have diabetes, or impaired glucose tolerance;
  • have family history of heart disease;
  • have immediate family who have had a heart attack, stroke or heart bypass surgery;
  • have kidney disease;
  • have polycystic ovary syndrome;
  • want the convenience of home testing without waiting for a GP appointment;
  • need a high quality, clinically accredited test done in a professional clinical laboratory.

Take a complete health check-up with Vitall.

How Much Do Cholesterol Tests Cost?

The Vitall cholesterol test is available online for just £49. Your home test kit will be dispatched by free first class post for delivery to your door.

For the best value testing you can also upgrade this cholesterol home test to tests which also measure other biomarkers, including:

  • Cholesterol & hs-CRP - Check blood fat levels with highly sensitive heart disease risk analysis.
  • Artery Health - Assess artery health and your risk from hardening or furring of the arteries.

When you checkout to buy your cholesterol test online we also offer additional options, including:

  • Upgrade to next day delivery of your home test kit for an additional £7.99.
  • Visit the Patient Reception in central London for just £25. Your cholesterol test sample can be collected by a qualified nurse for immediate analysis.
  • Have a nurse visit you to collect the sample for your cholesterol test, this is available within the M25 area for just £149.

Whichever option you choose at checkout, buying the best cholesterol test online in the UK with Vitall ensures high quality results from an accredited laboratory.

Take control of your health today with one of Vitall’s home blood tests.

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