Measuring cholesterol is essential if you or your GP suspect that you are suffering from high levels of cholesterol.
Although some cholesterol is essential for the good health of the body, high levels are often the cause of heart disease.
Who Measures Our Cholesterol?
The measuring of cholesterol can be transported out by your GP or indeed, you can do this yourself in the comfort of your own home.
In this modern society, it is often difficult to take time out to visit your GP and indeed, appointments are often difficult to obtain and you may find yourself putting off that important visit to your GP.
Measuring cholesterol allows you to determine whether the bad levels in your body far outweigh the good levels and whether you need to do something to try to reduce those levels.
It is medically suggested that the good levels of cholesterol bought to be at least twice the level of the bad.
Measuring cholesterol can be done by your GP who will take a blood sample from you. Your GP will be able to ascertain wherever your bad levels are at a safe level or whether you should take action to reduce this.
Home Monitoring Kits
Home Monitoring Kits are readily available and are easy and quick to use. They are often electronic kits which store information and give a quick and fairly accurate reading. Results are often ready within a couple of minutes.
Such Kits can be used if you simply wish to start measuring your cholesterol or indeed they can be used as a way of monitoring your levels in between your normal GP or Hospital visits. Electronic versions can store the information and so therefore it is easier to monitor wherever your cholesterol levels are changing.
These home kits also measure cholesterol from a blood sample. They are often medically approved, competitively priced and easily available. Results are said to be as accurate as those tests carried out by your GP.
How Do We Reduction Our Cholesterol?
There are several easy ways to reduce high cholesterol measurements. These primarily involve a change in your diet, exercise, weight loss and the giving up of smoking or excessive alcohol.
As the old saying goes, prevention is often better than cure. The most common cause of high levels is your diet and lifestyle.
There are certain foods such as margarine, spreads and dressings which are clearly marketed as 'good for the heart'. There is in fact no cholesterol in foods that are plant based. Foods high in cholesterol are products which originate from animals.
It is essential to follow a diet which is free from or low in cholesterol to avoid the risk of heart disease. Measuring your levels on a regular basis will allow you to take preventive action if necessary and make alterations to your lifestyle.