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Cholesterol Check

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Our home cholesterol test measures LDL and HDL together with triglycerides, so you can check if you've got a healthy balance of good and bad cholesterol.
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Add extra biomarkers from as little as £5 to help monitor your health more accurately.

Dr Nicky Keay - Forth
“Vitamin B12, alongside ferritin (also known as haematinics) are required to make red blood cells. I would therefore recommend adding ferritin and FBC to this test which will give you a fuller picture of your health rather than a single haematinic.”

Dr Nicky Keay
Chief Medical Officer & endocrinology expert

Why Check
Cholesterol Levels?

Cholesterol plays an important role in our bodies as it helps to maintain healthy cells, aids the absorption of nutrients from the diet, calcium metabolism , sexual reproduction and the balance of salt and water.

However, when levels of LDL or bad cholesterol are raised, it increases the risk of suffering from heart disease. If left unchecked, high levels of cholesterol in the blood can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Our home cholesterol test kit will analyse your levels of good and bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides.

When to take This test

The sample for a cholesterol check should, ideally, be taken within 3 hours of waking and before food.

What is
Bad Cholesterol?

Did you know that not all cholesterol is bad for us? When talking about cholesterol, the terms LDL and HDL are often discussed. These are lipoproteins, made of protein and fat.  They are responsible for transporting cholesterol around the body in the bloodstream.

There are two types:

  1. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often known as bad cholesterol
  2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as good cholesterol

LDL is considered bad because large amounts of it can cause plaques to build up on the artery walls. This leads to the blood vessels becoming narrow and blood flow being restricted. The restriction may result in blood clots to loosen and block blood flow completely, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. Read more about LDL.

Cholesterol levels
43% of customers
have high levels of LDL.
Improved levels
of customers reduced their levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) between tests.

What is
Good Cholesterol?

HDL or good cholesterol, on the other hand, transports LDL to the liver where it can be broken down and removed from the body. So, HDL helps to keep the cardiovascular system healthy and high levels of HDL have a protective role against heart attacks and strokes.

This is why it’s important to know the breakdown of your HDL and LDL levels, as a high total cholesterol test may be due to high levels of good cholesterol.

Our home cholesterol test kit gives you detailed insight into your cholesterol levels and includes both HDL and LDL as well as triglyceride levels. So, you can be sure to get a good understanding of your cardiovascular health and the changes needed to improve.

What causes high cholesterol UK?

High cholesterol can affect anyone and there isn’t just one simple cause. There are some factors which you can control when it comes to your cholesterol, but there are some you can’t. That’s why it is important to take control of your health and proactively look for ways to improve your cholesterol levels.

Factors which can contribute to high cholesterol levels include:

  • Eating foods rich in saturated fat
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Taking part in little or no exercise
  • Smoking

According to Heart UK, more than 50% of adults in the UK have high cholesterol levels, placing them at greater risk of developing heart disease. Public Health England estimate that 60% of the UK adult population has high levels. Our data shows that 43% of Forth customers have high LDL cholesterol levels.

Who is at risk of high cholesterol?

Other than those with a poor diet and lifestyle there are other factors that put you at an increased risk including: 

  • Diabetes – high blood sugar increases LDL and lowers HDL cholesterol.
  • Age – as you age your risk of high cholesterol increases. Particularly in post-menopausal women.
  • Gender – young women tend to have lower LDL cholesterol levels than young men. But this changes as women transition through the menopause.
  • Family history – having a mother, father or sibling who has had a heart attack under the age of 55 for men or under 65 for women puts you at an increased risk.

Whatever your risk level, a cholesterol check is a good way to understand the amount of cholesterol in your body so you can make the right lifestyle changes.

Dr Nicky Keay
the Experts Opinion

“Lifestyle, diet, age, pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure and family history all play a key role in your risk of developing heart disease. People can have high cholesterol levels without knowing it, so it’s important to check your levels. Total cholesterol should be 5 or below, with HDL (good cholesterol) being 1 or above and LDL (bad cholesterol) being 3 or below. For most people, exercise, and a healthy diet is enough to bring their cholesterol levels within the normal range. Some people have what’s called inherited high cholesterol or familial hypercholesterolaemia where the body cannot get rid of LDL cholesterol, causing very high levels. If your LDL levels are high, you will need to discuss your results with your GP. If you’ve had a close family member suffer a heart attack under the age of 60 then it’s even more important to get yourself tested.”

Dr Nicola Keay
Forth Chief Medical Officer

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Want to improve your health & wellbeing? Forth gives you insight into your body’s key biomarkers. By tracking essential markers overtime you can build a picture of your own unique self and discover how your body responds to the changes you make so you can reach your personal best.

Frequently asked questions

 Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you need anything else try our help section.

  • What does cholesterol do?

    Cholesterol is waxy, fatty substance made in your liver which is vital for our survival. It has three main functions in the human body:

    • Aiding the production of sex hormones such as testosterone and progesterone
    • It’s an essential component in all cell membranes
    • Helps to produce bile acids

    Cholesterol is also available in your diet by eating meat and dairy products. So, what you eat also plays a critical role in the level of cholesterol in your body.

  • How often should you check your cholesterol?

    It’s good to keep a check on your cholesterol at regular intervals especially if you are trying to reduce your levels of bad fat and increase the good type.  Unfortunately many of us struggle to keep LDL within the healthy range, so tracking every 4-6 months let’s you know if you heading in the right direction.

  • What to eat to lower cholesterol?

    Eating a healthy, balanced diet is key to lowering cholesterol levels. A diet high in saturated fat, often found in foods like cakes, biscuits, pastries, meat pies, fatty cuts of meat, processed meat, butter, lard, and hard cheese, is a major contributory factor in high cholesterol levels.
    Swapping these for foods that contain unsaturated fat like oily fish, nuts, vegetable oils and spreads can help to lower your cholesterol levels. It’s also important to include plenty of fibre in your diet. Fibre not only benefits your digestive system but reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and you should aim to eat 30g per day, sources include:

    • fruit
    • vegetables
    • wholegrains
    • pulses
    • nuts
    • seeds
  • What is total cholesterol?

    Total cholesterol is the complete measurement of cholesterol in the blood, including good and bad. Unfortunately, a total cholesterol test alone will not give you the breakdown of the differing cholesterol types, so it’s important also test your LDL and HDL levels.

  • What are triglycerides?

    When you complete our cholesterol home test kit, you’ll receive your HDL, LDL and total cholesterol, but you’ll also get your triglyceride levels.

    Triglycerides are also a type of fat which are stored in the body’s cells. They are a combination of saturated fat and unsaturated fat. They are the main source of energy for your body and are made by your liver as well as acquired through your diet.

    When you eat foods containing triglycerides, they are used either straight away for energy or stored in the cells to be used later. Just like cholesterol, high triglycerides can increase your risk of heart disease because they also contribute to narrowing arteries and restricted blood flow to the heart, brain, and other major organs.

  • Will exercise lower my cholesterol?

    Research shows that regular physical activity has a positive effect on cholesterol levels and can lower your level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and help to increase your level of good cholesterol (HDL). Individuals who have been mostly sedentary are recommended to begin with prolonged moderate-intensity aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, gardening, dancing, or cycling.

    If this type of exercise is accompanied by resistance training, there is some evidence to suggest that it may enhance the benefits on cholesterol levels in the body.

    Overall, a healthy lifestyle, consisting of a balanced diet, low in saturated fat, alongside regular physical activity can have positive effects on your cholesterol levels.

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