HDL cholesterol blood test in Bristol

Get an HDL cholesterol blood test delivered straight to your door in Bristol. Track what’s going on inside your body and improve your health.

Did you know?

William Budd, a physician who discovered that infectious diseases were contagious, was a key member in protecting Bristol’s water supply from cholera and typhoid.

What is HDL cholesterol?

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is produced by your liver and makes up part of your total cholesterol level. It’s often called ‘good cholesterol’ as it helps protect against heart disease.

What is its function?

HDL is one of the major forms of lipoproteins — these carry cholesterol through your blood to where it's needed.

HDL cholesterol helps return LDL cholesterol from your arteries to your liver, where it can be removed from your body. This stops plaque from building up on the walls of your arteries, protecting you from heart disease.

If your HDL cholesterol is too low it can actually increase your risk of heart disease. Low levels in women are also linked to depression.

What can cause it to change?

Low HDL cholesterol levels often coincide with high triglycerides and high LDL cholesterol levels. In most cases, this is caused by:

  • a poor diet
  • being overweight
  • lack of exercise
  • smoking
  • uncontrolled diabetes

The medication Metamizole might affect your HDL cholesterol levels.

Very low HDL cholesterol levels are sometimes caused by a genetic condition called hypoalphalipoproteinemia but this is very rare.

What factors within my control could influence it?

Most of the things that can help raise your HDL cholesterol levels can also lower your LDL cholesterol levels. This includes:

  • exercising regularly — aim for at least 150 minutes moderate-intensity or 75 minutes high-intensity exercise a week
  • eating high-fibre foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • eating foods rich in omega-3s like oily fish
  • losing weight if you're overweight
  • avoiding drinking too much alcohol

What is Thriva?

We’re a subscription-based health tracking company. With our blood testing kits you can take control of your health and see exactly what’s happening inside your body. Learn what lifestyle really works for you and improve everything from your sleep and energy levels to your heart health.

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Order your test online. We’ll post your kit the next working day via Royal Mail first class delivery.

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Your kit contains everything you need for your simple finger-prick blood test. When you’re done, use the freepost envelope to send it back.

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Your full results, along with a personalised report from a qualified GP, will be available to access online.

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