Your cholesterol can be high without any symptoms, so it is good to get tested regularly - for men it is recommended that you get tested from the age of 35 and for women from the age of 45. It is important to keep track of the levels of cholesterol in the body, especially the balance between LDL and HDL is of great importance. Cholesterol test measures your values of cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL / HDL ratio and the balance between these.
Here's how it works: The test is a blood test and is taken through a capillary sample (stick in the finger).
Test answer: You normally have an answer within 15 working days after our lab received your test. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test answer, you will receive a detailed report in Swedish about your values.
Cholesterol is needed both as a building block for our steroid hormones and as an ingredient in our cell walls. It is also needed in the production of bile acid. Even brain cells need large amounts of cholesterol. If the body gets too little cholesterol, the cell division suffers and the brain does not function optimally. Cholesterol can be absorbed through food or produced by the liver.
The cholesterol is transported in the blood in the so-called lipoproteins which are the transport particles of fats. High levels of LDL cholesterol (also called bad cholesterol) cause health problems such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
Cholesterol is a lipid, a fatty substance, which is produced in the liver. It stabilizes our cell membranes and contributes to fat metabolism. Cholesterol is also important for the production of steroid hormones (estrogen and cortisol) and vitamin D. Cholesterol is ingested to some extent through the diet but is also synthesized in the body. It has low solubility in water and can therefore not travel freely in the blood. To be transported in the blood, the cholesterol is encapsulated in so-called carrier proteins (lipoproteins) with a water-soluble outside and fat-soluble inside. These carrier proteins act as "suitcases" from different destinations to different destinations. There are different proteins with different functions that bring cholesterol to different targets in the body.
The two carrier proteins that transport cholesterol in the body are LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein). These have different functions and different transport goals in the body. What they both have in common is their water-soluble exterior and fat-soluble interior. LDL protein is released from the liver and carries cholesterol and triglycerides to the cells while HDL proteins instead transport cholesterol from tissues to the liver.
In the past, there was a lot of talk about the good and the bad cholesterol in various good and bad foods. Today, greater focus is placed on the balance between HDL and LDL. When analyzing cholesterol, it is the so-called total cholesterol measured, ie both HDL and LDL levels. If you have high levels of LDL (especially in relation to HDL levels), the risk of heart attack increases. And vascular diseases. The more LDL you have in your body, the greater the risk that LDL will oxidize (ie be affected by free radicals) or become rancid. If this happens, LDL becomes sticky and sticks to the inside of the walls of blood vessels (so-called plaque) and causes inflammation. Inflammation of the blood vessels can cause atherosclerosis and can eventually cause cardiovascular disease.
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.