Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood, you need a certain amount to produce specific important hormones such as androgens and estrogens [1]. High cholesterol occurs when you have too much cholesterol in your blood, too much can block your blood vessels which can increase your chances of having a stroke or heart problems slightly higher [2].


If you’re interested in monitoring your cholesterol levels, you can do so from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked's Cholesterol Test requires a simple finger prick sample and can indicate your risk of developing heart disease by looking at the amount of fat in your blood with online results in just 5 days. If you have any questions regarding your results, our team of dedicated nurses are available to help every step of the way!



Symptoms of high cholesterol


High cholesterol typically doesn’t show any symptoms - this is why it’s crucial to regularly test your cholesterol levels [3].

You should consider taking a cholesterol test if:

  • You have a strong family history of heart disease
  • You have a first-degree relative who has suffered a heart attack, cardiac stents, a stroke or has undergone bypass surgery
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You drink alcohol and smoke frequently
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • You suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or an underactive thyroid gland

Causes of high cholesterol


As your body naturally produces all the LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) that it needs, the primary cause of high cholesterol levels for most people boils down to unhealthy lifestyle choices [4].

Behaviours that can negatively affect your cholesterol levels include:

  • Unhealthy diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Excess weight

See also: Good And Bad Cholesterol Explained


The best way to understand and monitor your cholesterol levels is to take a test - you can do this by taking a visit to your doctor or with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s Cholesterol Test helps monitor your cardiovascular health, with online results in 5 days. Raised cholesterol levels can result in serious conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Early detection will provide for better clinical outcomes and allow you to make positive lifestyle changes.



References

  1. NHS. What is high cholesterol? Online: Nhs.uk, 2019
  2. NHS. What is high cholesterol? Online: Nhs.uk, 2019
  3. Mayo Clinic. High Cholesterol. Online: Mayoclinic, 2019
  4. American Heart Association. Causes of High Cholesterol. Online: Heart.org, 2017