How can a cholesterol blood test help you?
Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your cells. It’s essential for making hormones, vitamin D, and bile. But if your cholesterol is too high, it might increase your risk of heart disease.
There are no symptoms of high cholesterol, so you can only get insight into your cholesterol levels with a blood test. And when high cholesterol goes unchecked, it can affect your heart health. We recommend taking this test every 3 months if you have high cholesterol.
There are a number of things that can raise your cholesterol levels:
- eating foods high in saturated fats and trans fats
- a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia — your body can't remove LDL cholesterol
- lack of exercise
- drinking too much alcohol
Combined with a GP report and advice, we help you understand how to improve or maintain your cholesterol levels.