Cholesterol can be found everywhere in the human body, most of the cholesterol is mainly produced in the liver and a small part is supplied by food. The human body uses cholesterol for building cell membranes, for production of bile salts and for water conservation for the skin.
If the total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dl or below, this result is regarded to be in the normal range. An increased cholesterol level is a risk factor for arteriosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks.
With this Cholesterol Test, it is possible (additional to medical examination) to receive a reliable estimation if the cholesterol level is in the normal range.
A high cholesterol level is a risk factor for hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), stroke and cardiac arrest. This cholesterol test provides a reliable estimation of whether your overall cholesterol level is within normal limits.
By using the lancet, one drop of blood has to be taken and placed on the test field. The result can be read out after three minutes by matching the colour of the test field with the colour fields on the disc (or the test card - depending on the test version that is performed).
An overall cholesterol level of up to 200 mg/dl (5.2 mmol/l) is the normal level for adults. If a higher level is read out, it is recommended to see a doctor for a medical check-up as soon as possible.
If the cholesterol level in the blood remains persistently high, deposits on the walls of the blood vessels cause arteriosclerosis. This disease may develop unnoticed over decades. However, it can be detected and treated in time if diagnosed at an early check-up.
Foods with high fat and cholesterol content, a hypoactive thyroid, badly managed diabetes, chronic liver disease or long-term use of various medications such as the pill or diuretics can lead to increased cholesterol levels. Furthermore, there is a very strong link with so-called 'familial hypercholesterolaemia'.