Cholesterol is a chemical similar to fat which our liver makes from food. Cholesterol is important for our bodies as it helps our cells work properly. When your cholesterol levels go outside the normal ranges, you have an increased risk of getting certain health conditions.
Whether you think you could have abnormal cholesterol levels or you want to see how well your cholesterol treatment is working, you can get an easy home test kit online. Alpha XR Online Doctor’s cholesterol test kits can help you to check your cholesterol levels without going to see a doctor in person.
|Cholesterol Test Kit||1 Test Kit||£42.00|
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Alpha XR Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
Ordering is quick and simple:
A cholesterol test kit gives you the tools you need to take a blood sample at home and send it to Alpha XR Online Doctor’s partner lab for testing. Then your results are sent to you via your account.
A cholesterol test measures the level of cholesterol in the blood sample you provide. Once you know your cholesterol levels you can easily compare them with normal ranges. Cholesterol comes in different forms. Your cholesterol test result will give you values for your Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and non-HDL cholesterol.
The cholesterol test kit is not designed to test fasting cholesterol levels. This is usually done at your GP or in a hospital and it requires to avoid food and drinks, except for water, up to 12 hours before the test.
As the home cholesterol test kit does not require you to fast, you can eat and drink right before taking the test if you wish to.
You are advised to take a cholesterol test if you:
A home cholesterol test kit could be a good option if you:
Yes, you can take a blood cholesterol test to check if your treatment is effective in managing your cholesterol levels. A common treatment for high cholesterol are statins. These medications are very effective in lowering cholesterol levels in your blood. The test will not react with this kind of treatment in any way.
In order to get your home cholesterol test kit from Alpha XR Online Doctor you just have to:
Your home cholesterol test will be sent to you together with detailed instructions on how to use it. In order for our partner lab to check your blood cholesterol level, you will need to provide a blood sample. You can do so by following these instructions:
Once your blood sample reaches our partner lab it will take 1-2 days for them to analyse it. Once the analysis is completed, your results (cholesterol readings) will appear in your account, along with advice from a Alpha XR Online Doctor.
Your results will tell you your total levels of cholesterol, as well as your LDL, triglycerides, non-HDL and HDL levels, and indicate if they are too high, too low, or in a normal range. Blood cholesterol is measured in millimoles per liter of blood, indicated with the abbreviation: mmol/L.
Healthy adults should have a:
For adults at higher risk of cholesterol-related health problems these levels are a bit different:
HDL cholesterol in adults should be 1 mmol/L or higher. If you have a lower level of HDL you have an increased risk of heart disease.
You can message an online doctor from your patient account if you need more advice, and you can also get in touch with your GP.
If your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol or triglycerides is too high, or your HDL cholesterol is too low, you should get in touch with your GP. Along with giving you lifestyle advice on how to manage your cholesterol levels, they might also advise you to start a treatment with cholesterol-lowering medications, like statins. Usually your GP will use your cholesterol levels, along with other risk factors including your age, height, and weight, whether you smoke, and other medical conditions to estimate your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. If your risk is high they’ll often recommend taking a statin.
Statins are widely used, safe and very effective. They are a type of medication that have led to a big increase in our average life expectancy in the last decades. By controlling your cholesterol levels, they can help you prevent complications of high cholesterol, like heart disease and circulatory problems.
If your doctor does prescribe you statins, or if you’re already using them, you may be able to reorder your statins with Alpha XR Online Doctor. As long as you’ve been taking them for 3 months and you’re happy with your treatment, you can reorder you supply online. Just fill in a short health questionnaire and place your order. An online doctor will check if a repeat of you medication is right for you, and if it is, your order can be shipped.
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