The HomeLab Comprehensive kit tests for a variety of analytes in the dried blood sample.  The dried blood spot method used correlates 100% to traditional lab work.  The values returned will also indicate a "range" suggesting high, normal or low.  The following charts are for reference only, and you should always consult a physician with any lab work.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that's found in all the cells in your body. Your liver makes cholesterol, and it is also in some foods, such as meat and dairy products. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much cholesterol in your blood, you have a higher risk ofcoronary artery disease.

 

How do you measure cholesterol levels?

HomeLab Comprehensive measures cholesterol levels. Before the test, you'll need to fast (not eat or drink anything but water) for 9 to 12 hours. The test gives information about your

 

What do my cholesterol numbers mean?

Cholesterol numbers are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Here are the healthy levels of cholesterol, based on your age and gender:

 

Anyone age 19 or younger:

Type of Cholesterol

Healthy Level

Total Cholesterol

Less than 170mg/dL

Non-HDL

Less than 120mg/dL

LDL

Less than 100mg/dL

HDL

More than 45mg/dL

 

Men age 20 or older:

Type of Cholesterol

Healthy Level

Total Cholesterol

125 to 200mg/dL

Non-HDL

Less than 130mg/dL

LDL

Less than 100mg/dL

HDL

40mg/dL or higher

 

Women age 20 or older:

Type of Cholesterol

Healthy Level

Total Cholesterol

125 to 200mg/dL

Non-HDL

Less than 130mg/dL

LDL

Less than 100mg/dL

HDL

50mg/dL or higher

 

Triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol, but they are part of a lipoprotein panel (the test that measures cholesterol levels). A normal triglyceride level is below 150 mg/dL. You might need treatment if you have triglyceride levels that are borderline high (150-199 mg/dL) or high (200 mg/dL or more).

 

How often should I get a cholesterol test?

When and how often you should get a cholesterol test depends on your age, risk factors, and family history. The general recommendations are:

 

For people who are age 19 or younger:

 

For people who are age 20 or older:

 

What affects my cholesterol levels?

A variety of things can affect cholesterol levels. These are some things you can do to lower your cholesterol levels:

 

Things outside of your control that can also affect cholesterol levels include:

 

How can I lower my cholesterol?

There are two main ways to lower your cholesterol:

 

 

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