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Cholestrol tracker

£ 39.99

A comprehensive analysis of your levels of different types of cholesterol which are then used to calculate your risk of developing heart disease.

Cholestrol tracker

Tests Included

Cholestrol Status

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) that is found within the blood. After a meal, the body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. These are then transported to cells where they are stored as fat. Later, the production of hormones can stimulate the release of triglycerides which can be used for energy between meals. The regular overconsumption of greater than those burned may result in hypertriglyceridemia, a condition in which the level of triglycerides are elevated. This can be a risk factor for microvascular disease which affects the tiny blood vessels around the heart. 
Cholestrol is an essential body fat (lipid) that is predominantly derived from the foods we consume, though, is also produced by the liver. Cholestrol is an important component of cell membranes and is also a precursor molecule to a variety of essential hormones. Individuals with high levels of cholestrol in the body are at a significantly increased risk for developing heart disease. However, total cholestrol is a sum of both good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholestrol therefore, it is necessary to investigate whether the rise in total cholestrol is caused by a high proportion of HDL or LDL as HDL can in fact exhibit protective effects against heart disease.
HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholestrol is often referred to as the "good" cholestrol due to its ability to pick up other forms of excess cholestrol present in the blood and transport this back to the liver where it is broken down and removed from the body. Individuals with increased levels of HDL cholestrol have been found to be associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease.
LDL cholestrol (low density lipoprotein) also known as the "bad" cholestrol is responsible for transporting triglycerides, other fats and other cholestrol to a variety of tissues located throughout the body. Excessive amounts of LDL in the body as a result of the overconsumption of certain foods, can result in fatty deposits accumulating on the walls of the artery. This can subsequently result in the development of atherosclerosis and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. 
Measurements of Non-HDL cholestrol are important in establishing the total amount of cholestrol present in the blood that serve a non-protective role for the body and are potentially harmful. The value is calculated by subtracting an individuals HDL cholestrol result from the value of total cholestrol. As the value includes a total of all the forms of potentially damaging cholestrol and not just LDL alone, it is considered to be a greater biomarker for cardiovascular risk.
HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholestrol is often referred to as the "good" cholestrol due to its ability to pick up other forms of excess cholestrol present in the blood and transport this back to the liver where it is broken down and removed from the body. Individuals with increased levels of HDL cholestrol have been found to be associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

About this test

Cholestrol is a fatty substance that is predominantly derived from the foods we consume. Therefore, consuming an unhealthy diet, rich in fatty foods can increase the levels of cholestrol in your blood, putting you at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and suffering a heart attack.

Our total cholestrol tracker is the perfect tool for you to check your cholestrol levels. As there is a variety of different forms of cholestrol, we offer an extensive profile providing a full breakdown of the different types. This includes testing for; total cholestrol, the ‘good’ HDL cholestrol, the ‘bad’ LDL cholestrol, non-HDL cholestrol, total/HDL cholestrol ratio and the level of triglycerides. Furthermore, this test also provides you with a ‘Heart Disease Risk Ratio’ value which is based upon your total/HDL cholestrol ratio.

This test is perfect for those:

  • Wanting to check the levels of cholestrol in their blood
  • Wanting to evaluate their heart disease risk ratio
  • Wanting to track cholestrol levels following a lifestyle change like healthy eating
  • Wanting to closely monitor the levels of cholestrol in their blood as they are taking cholestrol lowering medication such as statins for diagnosed heart disease

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