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How do you test your cholesterol level?

How often should cholesterol be checked? The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol and other traditional risk factors checked every four to six years.

Common tests & procedures

Blood test to check for HDL, LDL and triglycerides to assess liver functioning.

What are the causes?What are the symptoms?What diet is recommended?For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: Focus Medica. Was this helpful?How often should you have your cholesterol screened? How often should cholesterol be checked? The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol and other traditional risk factors checked every four to six years.

What can you eat before a cholesterol test? The first requirement for a fasting cholesterol test is to stop eating foods for anywhere between nine to 12 hours before the panel. This even includes broths, bouillons, soups and gelatins that may be allowed with other types of blood tests.

What are good results on a cholesterol test?

What are good results on a cholesterol test?

  • total cholesterol under 200
  • LDL cholesterol under 100
  • HDL above 45 (good cholesterol; the higher the better)

What do you need to know about “good” cholesterol?

Good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein [ HDL ]):

  • Young adults may need to have HDL more than 45 mg/dL.
  • The optimal reading for HDL levels is of 60 mg/dL or higher.
  • If HDL is less than 40 mg/dL, it can be a major risk factor for heart disease.

How often should you have your cholesterol checked?

How often should you have your cholesterol checked? You should get your cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. If you have cardiovascular risk factors, talk with your health care team about getting tested more often. What age should I get screened for high blood cholesterol?

Do you know if you have high cholesterol if you haven’t had it checked? Many people have never had their cholesterol checked, so they don’t know whether they are at risk. High cholesterol usually has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know whether you have high cholesterol is to get your cholesterol checked.

What should I do to prepare for a cholesterol test? You may need to fast (not eat or drink) for 8 to 12 hours before your cholesterol test. Be sure to ask your doctor how to prepare for the test. The cholesterol test checks your levels of: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol.

How often should you have a lipid test? On the basis of other guidelines and expert opinion, reasonable options include every five years; shorter intervals for persons who have lipid levels close to those warranting therapy; and longer intervals for those not at increased risk who have had repeatedly normal lipid levels.