- What do cholesterol tests check for?
The most common, and effective, cholesterol tests are done via a blood sample and check your body’s lipid status Lipids are crucial to understanding what needs to be done to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and other issues stemming from differing cholesterol levels. These tests determine the level of LDL and HDL, also known as good and bad cholesterol levels, as well as the level of Triglycerides in the body.
- How often should your cholesterol be checked?
Healthy adults should have their cholesterol checked every four to six years. Even a healthy person can struggle with cholesterol levels and without periodic testing heart issues can arise seemingly out of nowhere. For people with known cholesterol issues, these tests should be done more often. The CDC also recommends between ages 9 and 11, and again between ages 17 and 21, children should also have their cholesterol levels checked.
- What can affect cholesterol test results?
Cholesterol levels can be affected by a number of things, and test results can also be skewed due to a few other variables. Traits such as a person’s diet, sudden weight gain, lack of exercise, chronic diseases, pregnancy, and smoking can all cause an increase in cholesterol. In addition, certain things can affect a cholesterol test’s accuracy such as intense workouts before testing, not fasting before testing and/or drugs like birth control medication, steroids and/or blood pressure medication.
- What health conditions can cause high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a significant indicator of overall health and a cholesterol test is included in most general health screenings. High cholesterol can be caused by a number of things, some within a person’s control and some are hereditary or related to other health conditions. Habits like diet and physical activity can have a big impact on cholesterol, and factors like age, gender and thyroid gland status can all contribute to high cholesterol.
- How long do I have to wait for cholesterol test results?
Our testing facilities offer the advantage of fast test results for our clients. Within two working days of testing the results will be in. A big advantage of ordering tests through our service is upon arrival of the results, a doctor in our network will call you to explain the levels and advise on a treatment plan.
Ordering a cholesterol test from our network of labs is quick, easy and affordable. We offer a great solution for people without insurance because our tests are so economical. All you have to do is go online and select the best lab location and time for your schedule and we’ll take care of the rest.