Total Cholesterol Calculation

It is important that you take charge of your health because unless you do, no one will do it for you. One of the things that you should look out for is the level of cholesterol in your body. If you belong to a family with a history of heart disease or obesity, then it’s time that you request for a total cholesterol calculation to immediately curb your chances of developing serious health issues.

Calculating total cholesterol is done with the help of your doctor. Your doctor should specialize in heart disease and obesity. If you are currently seeing a GP for routine checkups, then ask your GP for a recommendation.

Get a total cholesterol calculation without delay.

You must schedule blood and lipid testing in order to get an accurate reading of your current cholesterol level. The accurate medical term for this would be a “Lipid Panel” testing. Discuss this with your doctor and schedule a date.

Do not eat or drink anything for at least 12 hours. You can easily get through this 12-hour fast by scheduling your test in the morning. The earliest schedule is the best schedule for this test so that you can immediately eat and drink without subjecting your body to prolonged fasting.

The standard waiting time for you to receive the result of your test is one week. You can request for the test to be sent to your doctor for interpretation. Barring that, you can pick up the result from the lab and bring the same to your doctor for discussion.

Familiarize yourself with the unit of measurement and medical terms used to interpret your cholesterol level. The unit of measurement that you will see in the result is “mg/dl” or “mg per deciliter.” Medical terms you should become familiar with are HDL: High-Density Lipoproteins and LDL: Low-Density Lipoproteins. HDL is also known as good cholesterol while LDL means bad cholesterol. Additionally, you should also ask for the level of Triglycerides in your blood stream. Triglycerides are the amount of fat that you have in your blood stream.

Get the actual number that represents your total cholesterol calculation. Add your HDL and LDL readings. Divide your Triglycerides by five. Add both results, which give you the total count for discussion with your doctor. If the test results spell bad news for you promptly make diet and lifestyle changes for health’s sake.


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