Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential for many of the metabolic processes in our body.
There are two types of cholesterol; HDL ‘good’ cholesterol and LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Eating foods rich in saturated fats will increase the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood, which is a risk factor in coronary heart disease. Raised cholesterol levels can cause cholesterol to be deposited within the walls of arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow through. This build-up in the walls of the arteries puts a person at significant risk of heart disease and stroke.
Abnormally high cholesterol levels may not give you any symptoms, so a blood test is the best way to check how much cholesterol and other lipids your blood contains. This test is a ‘total cholesterol test’, to provide an indication of ‘total cholesterol’. To gain a full breakdown of your HDL, LDL and Triglycerides levels, it’s advisable to visit your GP.
Health Check Procedure
Usually performed as a fasting test, a small amount of blood will be taken from your fingertip and applied to the testing strip. Your Pharmacist will discuss your results and any lifestyle advice. The test should take about 3 minutes. This test measures your total cholesterol levels. For a full breakdown of your HDL, LDL and triglycerides levels, we recommend visiting your GP.
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Tips & Advice
Reduce foods high in saturated fat and salt.
Commit to regular moderate-intensity exercise.
Quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake.
Work to reduce your blood pressure (if elevated).
Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fibre.
Get your cholesterol checked in just a few minutes; find your closest Blooms The Chemist store.
Our cholesterol tests provide an indication of your total cholesterol levels and identify if further testing may be required.
Blooms The Chemist Royal Randwick