Diabetes and Heart Test
Easy at-home test to check your cholesterol levels and help identify or monitor diabetes. Treatment for high cholesterol is available on our Cholesterol CarePathway™.
LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein),
HDL % of Total Cholesterol,
% of Hemoglobin A1c,
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) and
Medication provided for:
High LDL Cholesterol
Test and medication not available in certain states. Check your eligibility
FSA & HSA cards accepted.
About this test
About this test
Hba1c, or A1c, measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. This test is used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes and helps those with diabetes manage their condition.
Triglycerides are one of the most common fats found in the body. When you regularly consume more calories than you burn, your body converts these excess calories into triglycerides and they are stored in your body as fat.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in all cells in your body. Your body needs small amounts for many reasons; from helping to make vitamin D to digesting fats. However, high levels can increase your risk of heart disease so it’s important to get the right balance.
LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein)
Known as "bad cholesterol", low-density lipoprotein (LDL) usually makes up most of the cholesterol in your body. When your body has too much LDL cholesterol, it can build up in the walls of your blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
HDL % of Total Cholesterol
The HDL % of total cholesterol refers to the amount of "good cholesterol" in the body, compared to the total amount of cholesterol. The higher this percentage, the better.
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)
Typically referred to as "good cholesterol", high-density lipoprotein (HDL) helps to remove "bad cholesterol" from your bloodstream and send it back to the liver. Higher levels of HDL are considered a good thing.
When to test
Every adult can and should take this test to monitor their heart health and blood sugar levels.
The sample must be collected in the morning while fasting*, on Monday - Friday, and returned on the same day.
Type 2 diabetes and 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable. Testing regularly provides you with the answers you need to track your cholesterol and blood sugar over time, monitor the impact of lifestyle and dietary changes, and help you prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
You could have an increased risk of high cholesterol or diabetes if:
You have a family history of heart disease and/or diabetes
You are overweight or obese
You drink alcohol and/or smoke frequently
You lead a sedentary lifestyle
Your diet is high in sugar, fat, and highly processed foods
You suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, inflammatory colon disease, or an underactive thyroid gland
You previously had gestational diabetes during pregnancy (note: this test is not suitable for pregnant women)
This test is not suitable if:
You are under 18 years of age.
You are pregnant
You take medication that increases the risk of bleeding including (but not limited to) blood-thinning medications.
You are at an increased risk of fainting/loss of consciousness due to blood sample collection or a fear of blood.
You have a bleeding disorder.
You have impaired lymphatic circulation in both upper limbs.
You have a skin disorder or condition that may result in poor healing, an increased risk of disease or skin ulceration.
You have an arrhythmia, untreated hemophilia, vasovagal syncope, Raynaud’s, Scleroderma, peripheral vascular disease, or peripheral neuropathy.
*Fasting means that you collect the sample in the morning before you have breakfast. You can still drink water when fasting. Always follow the advice of your physician with regards to fasting, particularly if you have an underlying medical condition.
High cholesterol symptoms
"High cholesterol has no symptoms, so many people don't know that their cholesterol is too high." - CDC
Did you know that you likely won’t display any symptoms if you have high cholesterol? The only way to know is to test.
Many people living with high cholesterol aren’t getting the treatment they need. In fact, 45% of American adults who could benefit from cholesterol medication aren’t currently taking it. Click on the 'When to test' section to learn more about factors that could increase your risk of high cholesterol.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes often develop quickly and at a younger age, but about 90-95% of people with diabetes have type 2. This often develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults. You may not notice any symptoms of diabetes, so it’s important to test your blood sugar, particularly if your risk is higher.
Common symptoms of diabetes can include:
Frequent urination (peeing), often at night
Weight loss without trying
More infections than usual
Simplified sample collection
Transform your testing experience with our brand new Phlebotic Assistant, now available in our Diabetes and Heart Tests. This easy-to-use device can simplify sample collection by providing gentle vibration to help increase blood flow.
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The testing experience was effective and showed raised levels on my diabetes check. I received support from a health care professional and a phone call appraisal and advice.
Comes with very clear instructions and the text reminders are helpful... Would definitely recommend especially if you are having difficulty getting a testing appointment or are nervous.
Easy and fast to take your own blood sample and send it in... For me, it was great to be able to check A1c and cholesterol without having to make a doctor visit.
Very pleased with LetsGetChecked. They even had a nurse call me to go over my labs. I will continue using this!
It was quick, easy and very professional. The nurse was easier to talk to than my Doctor.
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I knew where everything I shipped was. I was able to keep track of every step and when they called with results they were very polite and answered any of my questions clearly.
I loved how once you activated the kit they sent text messages to keep you updated about what’s going on. And once my sample hit the lab I loved how fast I got results. This was an awesome experience.
I used LetsGetChecked's HBA1C test for glycated haemoglobin to check for diabetes 2... The instructions were straightforward and easy to carry out. I thought this was an excellent service.
How it works
Order your test online
Whether you’re looking for peace of mind or want to manage your long-term health, simply order your at-home test on our website.
Free and tracked delivery
All of our home collection kits and follow-up medication are delivered at no additional cost in a plain envelope for full privacy.
Easy sample collection
Self-collect your sample from the comfort of home with easy-to-follow instructions and video tutorials. All that’s required is a simple finger prick.
Return your sample the same day at no extra cost, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Fast & accurate analysis
Your sample will be sent to our network of CLIA-certified and ISO-certified labs for full analysis by our team of clinical scientists.
These are the same labs as those used by primary care providers and hospitals.
Secure results in 2 to 5 days
Once your sample arrives in the lab, easy-to-understand results will be available to view from your secure online account within 2-5 days.
Secure online result dashboard
Helpful factsheet from clinical experts
Official lab report
Support you can trust
Your health record is reviewed by a LetsGetChecked clinician and if your cholesterol results are abnormal, a nurse will phone you to provide additional support and guidance on your next steps.
They will also assess your suitability for optional treatment that includes high cholesterol medication via our Cholesterol CarePathway™. See below for more information.
Get treated with our Cholesterol CarePathway™
Start this CarePathway™ for just $39 per month with our introductory offer, which will last for one full year after purchase. Order your test today to see if you're eligible. This price covers all aspects of your care, including:
Effective cholesterol-lowering medication delivered to you
Regular tests to track your progress towards a healthier heart
Clinically reviewed results and ongoing guidance
Helpful lifestyle resources and tips designed by experts
See if you're eligible for our CarePathway™
If your cholesterol test results indicate that we can help start your journey to better heart health, our nurse team will call to discuss your next steps and invite you to sign up to our Cholesterol CarePathway™.
Better heart health is just a few steps away.
Availability of the Cholesterol CarePathway™ depends on your location, age (40-75 years), and whether you meet the medical criteria.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please get in touch.
If your results show high LDL levels or if your HbA1c is outside the expected range, a member of our nursing team will call you to explain your results and talk you through your next steps. If your cholesterol test results indicate you could benefit from treatment our nursing team may invite you to start treatment via our Cholesterol CarePathway™ where appropriate.
Our nurses are skilled at explaining test results in a clear and understandable way and can help answer any questions you might have about your results.
A written explanation of your results will also be made available on your secure dashboard and you can download your lab report to share with your healthcare provider.
This test is not suitable if:
You are under 18 years of age.
You are pregnant.
You are at an increased risk of fainting/ loss of consciousness due to blood sample collection, including if you have an arrhythmia, history of vasovagal syncope or fear of blood.
You have a bleeding disorder, or are taking medication that increases the risk of bleeding including (but not limited to) untreated hemophilia or use of blood thinning medications.
You have impaired lymphatic circulation in both upper limbs.
You have a skin disorder or condition that may result in poor healing, an increased risk of disease or skin ulceration — including (but not limited to) Raynaud's, Scleroderma, peripheral vascular disease or peripheral neuropathy.
It may be more difficult to collect a sample if you have hard or callused skin on your fingertips.
Treatment with LetsGetChecked is not suitable for everyone and admission to the LetsGetChecked Cholesterol CarePathway™ is at the discretion of the prescribing clinician. As your safety is our priority at all times, the Cholesterol CarePathway™ is not suitable for people who have an existing diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, angina, kidney disease, or liver disease. It is not suitable if you experience a shortness of breath at rest or mild exertion. It is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Testing and treatment is not available in every state. Please see our FAQ “Is this available in my state?” for more information on state availability.
The LetsGetChecked Cholesterol CarePathway™ is an at-home health plan to combat high cholesterol levels. Start this CarePathway™ for just $39 per month with our introductory offer, which will last for one full year after purchase. On this plan, you will have continued access to ongoing personalized guidance from an expert medical team, effective cholesterol-lowering medication delivered to your door, regular at-home cholesterol tests to track your progress towards better heart health, and helpful healthy lifestyle resources and tips designed by experts.
What to expect in the CarePathway™ Timeline:
Take your cholesterol test
Talk to the clinical team.
Our nurses will guide you through your test results and treatment options. You will need to provide a blood pressure reading from the past 6 months and a list of your medications to receive treatment. Your health profile will then be medically reviewed by prescribing clinicians.
Opt-in to Cholesterol CarePathway™.
You will be sent a link to complete your sign-up. You will need to provide valid identification.
Medication delivered directly to your door.
We'll send a 3 month supply of medication directly to your door.
Retest after 9 weeks.
Take a cholesterol test at no additional cost to monitor your progress.
Medication every 3 months.
If your medication is working as expected and helping to improve your health, we will send a new supply of medication to your door every 3 months*.
Retest every year.
We will send you a cholesterol test at no extra cost every 12 months to ensure you are getting long-term benefits from treatment.
Yes, this test is suitable for people with diabetes. Our HbA1c test provides a picture of your average glucose levels over the past 2-3 months and can help you monitor your target levels over time. This test is a perfect pairing with your daily blood sugar testing to provide a complete picture of your blood sugar control and help you maintain your individual HbA1c goal. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) which has no symptoms, so this test also helps you to keep track of your cholesterol levels and heart health.
This test is not a replacement for regular blood sugar testing at home so it's important to continue testing as advised by your healthcare provider.
This test checks for two of the most common diseases in America. 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes and heart disease is the number one cause of death.
The same lifestyle factors can lead to both of these conditions. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are preventable in many cases. This test can help identify if you could be at risk for these conditions, even if you don't have any symptoms.
If you have a diagnosis of either diabetes or high cholesterol, then this test can help you monitor your condition and screen for additional risk. Knowing your levels enables you to take control and ensure your conditions are being managed effectively.
The LetsGetChecked Cholesterol CarePathway™ is an at-home health plan to combat high cholesterol levels.
You might be eligible for treatment via the Cholesterol CarePathway™ if:
You are between 40–75 years
Your LDL is between 130–189 mg/dL
Your ASCVD Score is >7.5%
You have no known history of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
As your safety is our top priority, eligibility for the Cholesterol CarePathway™ is at the discretion of prescribing clinicians and will not be suitable for everyone. Some people with other conditions or risk factors may not be eligible to receive treatment through LetsGetChecked as in-person evaluation by a healthcare provider may be required. Our nursing team will advise you of appropriate next steps to take if our CarePathway™ is not available to you.
Our Cholesterol CarePathway™ is available to those living in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test is not activated and linked to you.
LetsGetChecked has a team of board-certified physicians who have created expert support materials and detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey. Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results.
The sample must be collected in the morning while fasting, on a Monday-Friday, and returned on the same day. Each of our health tests includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your sample to the laboratory.
Fasting means that you take the sample in the morning before you have breakfast. You can still drink water when fasting. Always follow the advice of your physician with regards to fasting, particularly if you have any medical conditions.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don’t accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider. We accept many Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) cards. They can be used in the same way that a debit or credit card would be used at checkout.