Cholesterol Advice

Frequently Asked Questions on Blood Cholesterol Test

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A cholesterol test is a simple blood test to measure your total cholesterol levels. It measures your LDL, HDL and triglycerides to access health of your heart. Let’s have a quick look at some of the most frequently asked questions on it.

Why do you need to get tested?
The excess cholesterol in the body is extremely dangerous since it accumulates inside the blood vessels and narrows them down. This can result in development of various coronary heart problems. Assessment of cholesterol levels in the blood indicates the risk that you face. So it is very important to access your risk factors via desired medical tests.

Who are most prone to Cholesterol related heart problems?
People who indiscriminately eat fat and cholesterol-rich diet and do not exercise should be the first ones to go for a cholesterol test. Since the problem can be checked before it sets in, they are on the priority list.

After them come those who have already been diagnosed with coronary heart problems and who are on medication. Lastly, children above two years and adolescents should get their cholesterol levels checked if there is a family history of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

When to get the test done?
If you have eaten a healthy diet (read fat and cholesterol free) and exercised regularly then you need to get the test done once every five years. That too, only on a precautionary basis! However, if you have done exactly the opposite and now have been diagnosed for any type of heart problem, it is advisable that you get the test done according to what your physician tells you.

Where to get tested?
The ideal place to get tested is a clinical lab. Health fairs are another option where such a facility would be available. However, the results retrieved there might not be fully reliable.

How will it be conducted?
The test would analyse the cholesterol levels (and levels of LDL-Cholesterol, HDL-Cholesterol and triglycerides) in your blood. Hence, you need to give a blood sample (which would be either taken from the tip of your finger or your vein in the arm).

Are there any rules to be observed?
There is one thumb rule for cholesterol tests and lipid profiling (more so for lipid profiling). You should have not eaten anything in the past twelve hours. If you break this rule, the results obtained might not be fully accurate. This can happen because it stays in the blood for a maximum of 10 hours. Hence, in order to stabilize your cholesterol levels, you should have ideally gone empty stomach for at least 12 hours.

What is the treatment for high cholesterol?
The most effective treatment for high cholesterol levels in the blood is a lifestyle change. Eat a fat and cholesterol-free diet and workout regularly. Reducing cholesterol  with lifestyle changes, besides the medication, play a big role in reducing your cholesterol.