This test checks your cholesterol levels (the different types of cholesterol that are in your blood) and lets you know your risk of developing cardiovascular problems.
If you have high levels of cholesterol, your arteries can become blocked and this can lead to coronary heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke.
Now you can know if you have high levels of cholesterol and an estimated risk of developing heart disease. This can help you to make positive choices about your diet and lifestyle, to improve your chances of a long and healthy life.
High cholesterol usually causes no signs or symptoms.
This test may be useful to you if you would life to know if you have high levels of cholesterol and an estimated risk of developing heart disease by looking at the amount of fat in your blood.
It detects the good type of cholesterol (HDL) and the bad type (LDL) and together these make up your total cholesterol level.
The only way to know how high your cholesterol levels are is to test.
This test analyses 6 essential biomarkers:
HDL ('good' High Density Lipoproteins)
LDL ('bad' Low Density Lipoproteins)
HDL % of total cholesterol
Yes you should fast at least 8 hours before taking your sample. We would recommend to take your test first thing in the morning before your first meal.
If you do not fast before taking this test, the reference ranges provided may not be accurate and this can mean that you receive the incorrect advice.
Rules for fasting:
Try to take your sample in the morning
Stay hydrated by drinking only clear water (no diluted squash drinks)
Fast for at least 8 hours before taking your sample
Discuss with your GP if fasting could affect your medication routine
If you feel unwell due to fasting, eat and try taking the test another day
Cholesterol is very similar to fat, but is a chemical made in your liver from the food that you eat. That is why some foods are much worse for your cholesterol levels than others.
Cholesterol is important because it helps our cells function properly and is used to produce hormones for growth, development, and reproduction. But when your cholesterol levels go outside of the normal range, you can have an increased risk of getting certain health conditions including cardiovascular disease.
Triglyceride is a type of fat stored in your body's tissue. It comes from foods like butter and oil. Triglyceride tests are used to investigate the lipid protein when estimating your risk of developing heart disease.
There are two types of cholesterol.
Good - HDL (high-density lipoprotien) is the good, because it's main function is remove the bad LDL cholesterol from your heart's arteries and blood vessels, therefore reducing your risk of heart disease. It does this by absorbing it and taking it back to your liver which then flushed is out of your body.
Bad - LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the type that causes cholesterol build-up which can eventually block your arteries. This increases your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.
Bad - Non-HDL is the total number of all the 'bad' types of cholesterol but simply subtracting the number of HDL ('good') from your total cholesterol number. Again, the higher the number of non-HDL, the higher the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Your ideal cholesterol levels should be:
Your "Total Cholesterol" level = 5 or below.
HDL (good) level = 1 or above.
LDL (bad) level = 3 or below.
Non-HDL level = 4 or below.
Your ideal triglyceride (fatty substance) levels should be:
Triglyceride level = 2.3 or below.
High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease because it can lead to fatty deposits which build up in the walls of your arteries. These can gradually grow and make it increasingly difficult for blood to flow through your blood vessels, putting increased pressure on your heart.
High levels of triglycerides may contribute to arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening or thivckining of the artery wall.
High cholesterol can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, but can also be genetic. Quite often it is possible to reduce cholesterol levels with healthier lifestyle choices, but there are simple and effective medications, such as statins, available too
Excessive amounts of cholesterol in blood can cause blockages in the artery walls, consequently leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Standard Royal Mail 1st Class delivery to you is included in the price and your kit also includes a Royal Mail 1st Class Tracked label for you to send your sample back
Guaranteed next day delivery - £7.50
If you require your kit of results within a specific timeframe, Royal Mail Guaranteed before 1pm is available. Your tracked return label is already included in your kit.
A kit containing everything you need is sent to an address of your choice.
You can then take a simple finger prick sample, using the lancets provided and collect the drops into the tube. You then register it on-line and post it off to the laboratory using the Royal Mail 1st Class Tracked envelope that is included with your kit.
Your full report, showing your results and how they compare with the normal reference ranges, are reported back to you by email. You will receive your result the day after the lab receives your sample.
All test results are reviewed by the in-house GPs who highlight any areas of concern of that might need further investigation and follow up with a doctor.
Yes, your healthcare provider will recognise your clinically-valid results.
This test is intended to measure the levels of cholesterol in your blood. If your result is high, it is important to share these results with your doctor who will consider them in conjunction with your full medical and family history.
Early diagnosis is key to managing any health condition.
Your results link will be sent to you via email, so you can log in to your secure account and view your results.
Your results include your levels and where they sit against 'normal levels'. There is also a visual interpretation as a colour coded graph so they are easy for you to understand.
Your blood sample will be processed in the laboratory within 24 hours of receipt on all working days. You will receive an email with a secure link through to your account and your results as soon as they are availlable.
It is very important you scan your unique QR code when you open your kit, as this is what links your sample and your result to you. Without this we won't be able to send you your result.
Yes, your samples are processed in the same laboratories that are used by hospitals and primary care providers. All of our partner labs are UKAS and ISO accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Your BioSURE Self Test kit contains -
Instructions for Use
Alcohol wipe x 2
Lancet x 4
Collection tube label(s)
Pre-paid return packaging
We advise collecting your fingerprick blood sample in the morning, especially for tests that require fasting. Return on the same day in the pre-paid packaging that is supplied with your kit.
We also advise not collecting or returning your sample on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so the lab receives it in the best possible condition.
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