Cholesterol Blood Test Package
Keep on top of the cholesterol levels in your blood and determine whether they are good or bad cholesterol.
Research has shown high levels of cholesterol can lead to heart disease, strokes and atherosclerosis. Monitoring your cholesterol level regularly can detect any high levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides known as the bad cholesterol. Monitoring your glucose levels regularly detects the levels of your blood sugars. It is important to maintain a stable and balanced blood sugar level, as there is a limited range of blood sugar levels in which the brain can function normally.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a sterol lipid molecule and is synthesized in many tissues, but particularly in the liver and the wall of the intestine. About three quarters of the body’s cholesterol is synthesized by the tissues while one quarter comes from the diet. Determination of cholesterol is used to screen for an atherogenic risk and in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases with elevated cholesterol levels and disorders of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.
What is HDL cholesterol?
High density lipoprotein (HDL) is good cholesterol and is responsible for transporting cholesterol from the peripheral cells back to the liver. The cholesterol is then converted into bile acids which are secreted into the Intestine via the bile ducts. Monitoring of HDL cholesterol is clinically important as there is an inverse relationship between the HDL concentration and the risk of atherosclerotic disease. Elevated concentrations of HDL have a protective effect against coronary heart disease while diminished levels of HDL cholesterol, particularly in combination with elevated triglycerides, constitute an increased cardiovascular risk.
What is Glucose?
The body obtains glucose from glucose-supplying carbohydrates. It is the main monosaccharide in the blood with a postprandial concentration of 5mmol/L and is an indispensable energy-delivering substrate for cellular functions. Glucose is broken down by glycolysis. Determination of glucose is used for the diagnosis and monitoring of disorders of carbohydrate metabolism such as diabetes mellitus, idiopathic hypoglycaemia and in pancreatic islet cell tumours.
You will be asked not to eat 9 hours before your cholesterol test so it is best to book in for an early morning time so it doisen't discomfort your day too much.
You will need to fill out a health survey we will then take a finger prick blood sample for each part of the test.
Each blood test will take approximately 15 minutes and include height, weight and blood pressure a Cholesterol blood test a HDL Cholesterol blood test a Glucose blood test.
Cholesterol: If your readings are within the recommended range it is advised to have a cholesterol test once a year. If your readings are outside the recommended range, it is advised to have a cholesterol test twice a year.
Glucose: The guidelines for testing blood sugar are based on diabetes risk. If your readings are within the recommended range it is advised to have a glucose test done once every three years. If you have a pre-diabetes, a condition with higher than normal blood sugar levels, then it is advised to have a glucose test done once a year.