Home testing is as secure as it is convenient. It is the most efficient method for getting fast and reliable results. The benefits of doing tests at home go beyond just saving time. Continue reading to learn more about in-home cholesterol testing in Worcester and Cheltenham.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty wax-like substance that your liver produces naturally and can also be present in some foods.
Cholesterol is essential to make cell walls, tissues, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acid, all of which are necessary for survival.
Lifestyle factors like smoking, a poor diet, and a lack of exercise, as well as having an underlying illness like high blood pressure or diabetes, can all contribute to high blood cholesterol levels.
Testing cholesterol levels is the only surefire approach to diagnosing high cholesterol.
Are home cholesterol tests accurate?
The accuracy of home cholesterol tests is equivalent to that of the tests done in labs. The results provide a reliable prediction of whether or not a patient poses a risk for cardiovascular disease.
In addition, your pre-test meal choices might significantly affect the reliability of your cholesterol test results. For example, your result may indicate a high triglyceride level after consuming a double cheeseburger, fries and milkshake. However, the results won't change much if you stick to a reasonable portion size.
Our professional team takes a home blood sample in Worcester and Cheltenham to determine your cholesterol levels.
How do I know whether my cholesterol is too high?
High cholesterol has no apparent symptoms; they usually only occur in extreme cases. Damage from high cholesterol, for instance, can result in a heart attack or stroke.
A blood test is the only reliable method of determining whether or not your cholesterol levels are alarmingly high.
Total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglyceride levels are all evaluated in a lipid panel. Lipid profile is another name for this blood test.
- Total cholesterol: 5 mmol/L or less
- LDL cholesterol: 4 mmol/L or less
- HDL cholesterol: 1 mmol/L or higher
- Fasting triglycerides: 1.7 mmol/L or less
- Non-fasting triglycerides: 2.3 mmol/L or less
Moreover, your pharmacist will determine how frequently you need to check your cholesterol levels following your results.
How can I quickly reduce cholesterol naturally?
The ideal way to reduce cholesterol naturally and quickly is to:
- Consume less fatty foods
- Eat more fruits, veg, beans, and whole grains
- Introduce a daily workout
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
Can I get a cholesterol test at my local pharmacy?
Yes, you can get an in-store cholesterol test from our pharmacy located in Worcester and Cheltenham.
You can book an in-store test or buy an in-home test online to suit your needs.
Book your appointment at our clinic today!