Cholesterol Test

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Test your cholesterol levels with GetTested’s Cholesterol Test Kit. Many people have high levels of cholesterol without realizing it, making regular testing important. GetTested’s Cholesterol Test measures total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and the LDL/HDL ratio, providing a comprehensive overview of your cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in gaining deeper insights into your cardiovascular health, we also recommend our DNA Cardiovascular Health Test, which can offer additional understanding of your heart and vascular health risks and potentials.

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Which parameters are measured in the Cholesterol test?

Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in all cells of the body. It is essential for making hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, but it's also found in foods from animal sources, such as meat and dairy products. There are two main types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often called "bad" cholesterol because high levels can lead to plaque buildup in arteries, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as "good" cholesterol because it helps remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream.
LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein)
LDL, or Low-Density Lipoprotein, is commonly known as "bad" cholesterol. It transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol is considered “bad” because high levels can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. This plaque buildup can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible, a condition known as atherosclerosis.
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)
HDL, or High-Density Lipoprotein, is known as "good" cholesterol. It plays a crucial role in heart health by transporting cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver, which then removes the cholesterol from your body. High levels of HDL cholesterol can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke, as it helps remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream.
Triglycerides
Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides, which are stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals. A high triglyceride level combined with high LDL (bad) cholesterol or low HDL (good) cholesterol is associated with atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
LDL/HDL Ratio
The measurement of histamine in stool is a diagnostic tThe LDL/HDL ratio is a crucial diagnostic marker used to assess the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This ratio compares the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often referred to as "bad" cholesterol, to high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as "good" cholesterol. LDL is responsible for transporting cholesterol to the arteries, where it can build up and form plaques that increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. HDL, on the other hand, helps remove cholesterol from the arteries, transporting it back to the liver for excretion or re-utilization. A higher LDL/HDL ratio indicates a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, whereas a lower ratio suggests a lower risk.st used primarily to detect and evaluate allergic reactions and inflammatory conditions in the gastrointestinal tract. Histamine, a biogenic amine, is released by immune cells in response to allergens and plays a key role in inflammatory processes. High levels of histamine in the stool can indicate gastrointestinal disorders such as food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and mast cell activation syndromes. This test helps in identifying the presence of excessive immune response and aids in the diagnosis and management of conditions related to increased histamine activity.

GetTested’s Cholesterol Test Kit

Monitoring cholesterol levels, especially the balance between LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein), is crucial for your health. Many people, especially men over 35 and women over 45, have high cholesterol without knowing it. GetTested’s home cholesterol test kit offers an easy way to gain insights into your cholesterol levels and the LDL-HDL balance.

About Cholesterol

Your body needs cholesterol to build cells, hormones, vitamins, and to digest food. The liver naturally produces it, and you can also absorb it from food. Cholesterol forms part of our cell walls, steroid hormones, and bile acid. It's vital for the brain's cells and cellular division. When cholesterol travels through the blood, it does so in lipoproteins, the fat transport particles. High levels of LDL, the 'bad' cholesterol, can lead to health issues like high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases by forming plaque in the arteries. This can cause atherosclerosis, potentially leading to strokes or heart attacks.

The Roles of HDL and LDL Cholesterol

Cholesterol needs carrier proteins called lipoproteins to travel in the blood. LDL carries cholesterol to cells, while HDL transports it from tissues back to the liver. High HDL levels can protect against strokes and heart attacks, while high LDL levels contribute to the buildup of artery-blocking plaque, increasing the risk of heart issues.

The Importance of Cholesterol Balance

The focus is now more on the balance between HDL and LDL rather than just labeling cholesterol in foods as 'good' or 'bad'. Analyzing cholesterol means measuring total cholesterol, both HDL and LDL. High LDL levels, especially compared to HDL, increase the risk of heart and vascular diseases. LDL can become sticky, form plaque in blood vessels, and cause inflammation leading to atherosclerosis.

Normal Cholesterol Levels

A healthy adult’s HDL cholesterol range is 35 to 65 mg/dL for men and 35 to 80 mg/dL for women. A cholesterol ratio below 5:1 is good, and below 3.5:1 is very good.

Triglycerides and Cholesterol

Triglycerides, the most common type of body fat, store unused calories. High triglyceride levels, along with high LDL or low HDL, can lead to plaque buildup in arteries.

Why Test for Cholesterol?

Testing is vital because high cholesterol can cause strokes and heart attacks. Most people with high cholesterol don’t show symptoms, so testing is the only way to know your levels.

Not Sure About the Test?

If you’re unsure whether this test is right for you, contact our customer support team. We are here to help you choose the best tests for your health goals. Reach us through our contact page or use our live chat for immediate assistance.

FAQ

How is the Cholesterol test carried out?

Our Cholesterol test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect a small blood sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Who would benefit from measuring their cholesterol?

Anyone can benefit from a cholesterol test, but especially those who are particularly at risk of higher cholesterol levels such as men above the age of 35 and women above the age of 45.

What happens if I fail to take the sample?

If you read the instructions carefully before you take the test and it should go well. Should something go wrong, you are welcome to contact us and we will help you.

When should I take the test?

It is recommended to take the test on an empty stomach in the morning.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

Example Report

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Example of Cholesterol Test

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  • Alexander :)
    Navigating the minefield of health can be daunting, especially with conditions that don't always showcase overt symptoms – like high cholesterol. Having a family history of heart-related problems, I was always on the alert. But, let's be honest, regular check-ups can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and sometimes quite expensive. That’s when I came across the GetTested Cholesterol Test online. The kit was a revelation. From the beginning, it championed user-friendliness. The packaging was neat, professional, and the instructions inside were laid out with impeccable clarity. Taking the sample was easy, and the process to send it back was just as smooth. Within days, I had comprehensive insights into my cholesterol levels. The test not only gauged the total cholesterol but broke it down into HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Armed with these insights, I felt empowered. There's a unique peace of mind that comes from knowledge. I was now in a better position to discuss with my doctor, tailor my diet, and even adjust my exercise routine. A shout-out to their customer service too! I had some queries about the results, and they responded promptly, offering clarity. The entire journey, from buying the kit to understanding the results, felt like a partnership with GetTested. In our fast-paced lives, such home-based tests are not just a luxury, but a necessity. They cut down the middle processes and deliver what we truly need – knowledge about our health. I recommend the GetTested Cholesterol Test to everyone. It's simple, reliable, and might just be the wake-up call you need.
  • Anish
    Effortless process. Detailed results. :)

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