Triglycerides are the most common form of fats in the body, Excess calories, alcohol, and sugars in the body are converted to triglycerides and stored in the body as fat.
Cholesterol is a waxy lipid produced in the liver and found in every cell of the body. There are two main types of cholesterol, one is in the form of HDL (high-density cholesterol) and LDL (low-density cholesterol).
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)
HDL is known as “good cholesterol”. HDL transports excess bad cholesterol to your liver to be expelled from the body.
LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein)
LDL is known as “bad cholesterol”. LDL transports cholesterol to various parts of your body. It may build up in the arteries causing them to become hard and narrow.
HDL % of Total Cholesterol
The HDL % of total cholesterol refers to the amount of "good cholesterol" in the body which can combat low-density lipoproteins or "bad cholesterol". The higher you HDL % of total cholesterol, the better.
High cholesterol is the leading cause of coronary heart disease and stroke, both of which are the two most common causes of death globally.
Symptoms Of High Cholesterol May Include:
High cholesterol doesn't present symptoms which is why it is necessary to consistently monitor your cholesterol levels, especially if you have high blood pressure, you are overweight or maintain an unhealthy lifestyle. Symptoms of high cholesterol may only present themselves during a diagnosis of a more serious condition.
This cholesterol test indicates your level of risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease by determining levels of lipids or fats in your blood and offers an accurate reflection of your heart health.
You should take the 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
Cholesterol Test Sample Report
All of your results and insights can be viewed at a glance via your personal online dashboard.
How it works
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us.
You will receive your at home testing kit within 2-5 working days with standard delivery, or 1-2 working days if you opt for express shipping. Your test will arrive in discreet and simple packaging to ensure confidentiality.
The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The tests must be returned to the laboratory using the prepaid addressed envelope on the same day of taking the sample to ensure accuracy and a prompt delivery of your results.
Registering your test connects the unique barcodes on your samples to your LetsGetChecked account. Alphanumeric barcodes are used to ensure confidentiality.
Activating your test ensures that your results are connected and uploaded to your personal online dashboard so you can continuously review your overall health status. The lab cannot process your sample if the test is not activated online.
The LetsGetChecked medical team will review your health requirements and results. You will receive a call when your results become available. The team is on standby throughout the testing process to offer you support at every step of the way.
The LetsGetChecked tests are the same standard as what you would experience in a physician's office. The laboratories who process the samples are CAP and CLIA approved. Each test is manufactured in an ISO 13485 accredited facility, therefore taking an at home test with LetsGetChecked is the same as taking a test with your doctor.
Each test includes a pre-paid envelope to return your samples to the lab. You should receive your results within 2-5 days of your samples reaching the lab.
Your order and results will be reviewed by our medical team. If your result is out of range, our medical team will call you to provide support. After the call, all results are released to your online account where you can continue to track, monitor and improve your health without the need to deviate from your busy schedule.
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