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.
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.