Cholesterol (Lipid Panel)

Cholesterol is a fatty substance (sometimes called a lipid) that your body requires for normal functioning. The British Heart Foundation suggest high cholesterol levels (hyperlipidaemia) can dramatically increase your risk of serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) and more. Over 50% of UK adults have raised cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol (Lipid Panel)

Using a small, painless blood sample taken by one of our experienced phlebotomists, your cholesterol test (also called a lipid panel) measures all the types of cholesterol in your blood stream.

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Cholesterol (Lipid Panel)

Your cholesterol test (also called a lipid panel) measures all the types of cholesterol in your blood stream.  You’ll also receive other relevant readings including glucose, protein and uric acid to help put your results into the proper context. As the cholesterol charity Heart UK point out, high cholesterol can affect people of all ages, even those who eat healthily and exercise regularly.

Dr Cullimore says: “This test is suitable for you if you want to check or monitor your cholesterol levels.  It’s more detailed than a standard finger-prick blood test which only gives you a total cholesterol reading.  Without knowing both your HDL and LDL cholesterol number, you can’t always get an accurate assessment of your heart disease and stroke risk. If you have a close relative with high cholesterol, you eat foods which are high in saturated fat, you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t exercise as often as you could or you just want to check that your cholesterol levels are within the normal range for your age and gender, this is the test for you.”

All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.

Which readings are included?

You'll receive 5 key readings including LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol, HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) or “good” cholesterol, Triglycerides, Total cholesterol and HDL/total cholesterol ratio. Together, these readings are used to determine whether your cholesterol is too high. High cholesterol can dramatically increase your risk of serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, peripheral arterial disease and atherosclerosis. Over 50% of UK adults have high cholesterol.
This includes tests for Aspartate Transferase (AST), Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline Phosphate (ALP), Gamma GT and Bilirubin. These enzymes are found in the liver and other vital organs. Levels of these enzymes are a common measure of your overall liver health and function. Abnormal levels can help indicate a range of health conditions including liver damage, bone disorders, blood disorders and jaundice.
This includes tests for Sodium, Urea and Creatinine. Abnormal levels can indicate impaired kidney function and fluid imbalance in your body. You’ll also get a reading for your eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate), used to ascertain how efficiently and effectively your kidneys are working.
This type 2 diabetes check measures the level of glucose in your blood. Around half a million people in the UK have undiagnosed diabetes, and although it increases your risk of developing serious illnesses including cancer and heart disease, in many cases the condition can be treated or even reversed through diet and lifestyle changes.
Your general health markers include Albumin, Globulin, Protein and Iron. Abnormal levels of any of these can indicate liver and kidney disorders. Additionally, iron deficiency may indicate anaemia or an underlying problem with your stomach, bowel or kidneys.
This includes tests for calcium, corrected calcium and phosphate. Calcium is essential for healthy bone and muscle function. Phosphates are important for energy production, muscle and nerve function.
High levels of uric acid can indicate gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis which causes swelling of the joints. Low levels of uric acid can be a symptom of kidney or liver disease.

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