FastingFor preventive cholesterol determination for your health, it is best to be fasting for 8 hours before the blood test, so you can only consume water during this time.
What is it?Cholesterol is an essential molecule in the body. It is responsible for the production and maintenance of the cell membrane layer and also plays a significant role in signaling cellular processes. Cholesterol is also a precursor for vitamin D and hormones.
Most cholesterol is produced in liver cells and must be transported through the blood to be effectively distributed throughout the body. This transport occurs with lipoproteins, such as LDL. LDL prepares cholesterol for use in a cell that needs it. When there is too much cholesterol, LDL is not absorbed and remains in the blood. This is harmful to your blood vessels.
What do we determine?In the cholesterol blood test, we first determine your cholesterol levels. We also look at the 'bad' LDL cholesterol and the 'good' HDL cholesterol. Based on these data, we can calculate a cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio. The lower this value, the better.
We also measure the overall fats in your body, the so-called triglycerides. These are fats you ingest with your food. Triglycerides are converted into fatty acids in your intestines and then converted back into triglycerides in the liver. In various compositions, they are transported through the blood vessels in lipoproteins. This test gives you a good picture of the fats in your body and your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
When to choose this test?Opt for the cholesterol blood test when:
- You want to know if a healthy diet/lifestyle is effective
- Your risk of cardiovascular disease is increasing or decreasing
- You want a quantitative picture of your cardiovascular risk profile
- You want to prevent hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis
- You want to exclude hypocholesterolemia, which is often associated with thyroid diseases.