Cholesterol is a waxy fatty substance needed for certain important functions in the body. Unfortunately, high levels of cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol does this by sticking to blood vessels to form plaques.
Most cholesterol in the body is made by the liver. We do get some cholesterol in our diet from foods such as eggs, liver and shellfish. Diets high in saturated fats can be associated with excess cholesterol production.
Our cholesterol screening test takes just a few minutes. We advise you to fast for 12 hours overnight before this test and advise you not to use hand creams. We will take some details from you and obtain your signed consent before taking a small blood sample from your figure. We will analyse this sample to show your –
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL (good) Choleserol
- LDL (bad) Cholesterol
We also check your blood glucose to screen for diabetes mellitus when doing this test. Glucose is the main source of energy in the body. High levels may be an indicator of diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. There are different types of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin, not enough insulin, or lack of effectiveness of insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the body. Its job is to lock away glucose in muscle and liver until it is needed. Uncontrolled high levels of blood glucose can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels and nerves.
If your total cholesterol is over 5mmol/litre we will advise you to see your GP for further investigation. We will also provide you with lifestyle and dietary advice that can help you improve your cholesterol profile.
Normal levels of glucose are between 4 and 6 mmol/litre (fasting) and between 4 and 7 mmol/litre (non-fasting). If your level is over these levels we will advise that you see your GP for further investigation. If your level is above 10 (fasting) or 12 mmol/litre (non-fasting) and you pass a lot of urine or feel very thirsty we will advise that you see your doctor urgently.
Our cholesterol and diabetes screening tests are performed to current national standards and we participate in an external quality assurance scheme. Your data is retained in accordance with our registration with the Data Protection Commissioner, our own Data Retention Policy, and current pharmacy best practice. Your data is confidential and will not be shared with anybody else without your consent. If we recommend that you see your GP for follow-up it is your responsibility to arrange this. We advise that you bring a copy of your test results with you.
We recommend that you make an appointment before availing of our cholesterol and diabetes screening test. Please contact us to organise your cholesterol screening test today.