Cholesterol is an essential body fat (lipid). It is necessary for building cell membranes and for producing a number of essential hormones. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and also comes from the food we eat. Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. This test measures the total of all cholesterol types in your blood and then the “good” cholesterol. This gives us your cholesterol ration which is a key risk measure.
Cholesterol is an essential body fat (lipid). It is necessary for building cell membranes and for making several essential hormones. Excessive cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. However, cholesterol is made up of both good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
HDL Cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) removes cholesterol from the bloodstream and transports it to the liver where it is broken down and removed from the body in bile. HDL cholesterol is commonly known as “good cholesterol”. Raised levels are protective against heart disease, while low levels are associated with increased risk of a heart attack.
Total Cholesterol is the a measurement of all of the cholesterol in your blood. By measuring your total cholesterol and your level of HDL, we can calculate your cholesterol ratio which gives a good measure of the risk that your cholesterol levels represent.