Self Test For Cholesterol information

What this test does: This is a home-use test kit to measure total cholesterol.

What cholesterol is: Cholesterol is a fat (lipid) in your blood. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) (“good” cholesterol) helps protect your heart, but low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (“bad” cholesterol) can clog the arteries of your heart. Some cholesterol tests also measure triglycerides, another type of fat in the blood.

What type of test this is: This is a quantitative test—you find out the amount of total cholesterol present in your sample.

Why you should do this test: You should do this test to find out if you have high total cholesterol. High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease. When the blood vessels of your heart become clogged by cholesterol, your heart does not receive enough oxygen. This can cause heart disease.

How often you should do this test: If you are more than 20 years old, you should test your cholesterol about every 5 years. If your doctor has you on a special diet or drugs to control your cholesterol, you may need to check your cholesterol more frequently. Follow your doctor’s recommendations about how often you test your cholesterol.

What your cholesterol levels should be: Your total cholesterol level should be 200mg/dL or less, according to recommendations in the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Third Adult Treatment Panel (ATP III). You should try to keep your LDL values less than 100 mg/dL, your HDL values greater or equal to 40 mg/dL, and your triglyceride values less than 150 mg/dL.

How accurate this test is: This test is about as accurate as the test your doctor uses, but you must follow the directions carefully.

Total cholesterol tests vary in accuracy from brand to brand. Information about the test’s accuracy is printed on its package. Tests that say they are “traceable” to a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be more accurate than others.

What to do you if your test shows high cholesterol: Talk to your doctor if your test shows that your cholesterol is higher than 200 mg/dL. Many things can cause high cholesterol levels including diet, exercise, and other factors. Your doctor may want you to test your cholesterol again.

How you do this test: You prick your finger with a lancet to get a drop of blood. Then put the drop of blood on a piece paper that contains special chemicals. The paper will change color depending on how much cholesterol is in your blood. Some testing kits use a small machine to tell you how much cholesterol there is in the sample. ref: fda.gov

Self-test Cholesterol

Comments

  1. Cholesterol is found only in animal products, so when you cut back on them to reduce saturated fat you automatically cut your consumption of foods that contain cholesterol. (Eggs, lobster, and shrimp, however, are high in cholesterol but low in saturated fat.) And when it comes to protein, experts recommend that you get it from a variety of sources to maximize your nutrient intake.

  2. Leena Katreyu says:

    Over the years, we’ve heard a lot about how to keep our cholesterol at healthy levels—and about the need to keep an eye on the cholesterol in food. And whether or not you are taking a cholesterol-lowering medication such as a statin, lifestyle strategies such as exercise and a healthy diet are part and parcel of a good cholesterol control program. That’s why a lot of people have been limiting the cholesterol they get from dietary sources to 300 milligrams per day (for the sake of comparison, one egg yolk contains about 184 milligrams). But many experts have concluded that focusing on the cholesterol in food is less important than another dietary strategy. Don’t know who says right ?

  3. litebug12345 says:

    Never knew how many problems having “bad” cholesterol could cause. I guess I knew it could cause heart disease but developing diabetes was not something I had ever thought about. Last year my levels were way up (192) and my triglycerides were around 450, my doc told me of the risks. I had to do something, thankfully found Sterolyn. This is a formula I can actually feel good about taking.

  4. blackbrd99 says:

    She’s hot, maybe she needs her temperature taken.
    *Raises hand*

  5. TheMikeSierra says:

    Self testing for cholesterol is a good idea.
    Because the excess cholesterol is what is called a silent killer

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