What you need to know about Cholesterol testing
Having your blood cholesterol measured is a relatively simple and inexpensive process. The problem is in getting accurate results and then a sound interpretation of the figures.
This blood test is complicated to run in a laboratory. Different labs use a variety of methods that yield differing results. Analyses done in doctor’s offices especially by someone not trained in laboratory techniques and on machines that are poorly standardized – may be particularly unreliable. And not all clinical lab methods for determining blood cholesterol levels end up with values that are comparable to those used by the Lipid Research Clinics.
|Factors that affect your test:
You’re better off avoiding mass finger-stick cholesterol screening sites at the mall or other public places. Government surveys have shown that the personnel are often careless, poorly trained, and fail to follow standard safety and sanitary procedures. In addition, blood is often not drawn correctly – the finger is squeezed to extract blood rather than letting it flow freely – rendering the results worthless.
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Lowering Your Cholesterol Levels
Facts about Cholesterol
I had a test done by two different labs and they came back with very different results. I am not sure who to trust.