What is HDL Cholesterol test?
High-density lipoprotein, otherwise known as good cholesterol, is one of the classes of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in the blood. It is considered to be beneficial because it removes excess cholesterol from tissues and carries it to the liver for disposal. The test for HDL cholesterol measures the amount of HDL-C in the blood.
What happens during this test?
Apart from those who have a family history of heart diseases, healthy adults would also be advised to take the triglyceride test as a part of routine health checkups. The triglyceride level test will help determine the risk of developing atherosclerosis, heart diseases, inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Your healthcare provider/doctor may order a lipid profile as part of a routine exam or to diagnose or monitor heart conditions. Several factors are associated with an increased triglyceride concentration like cigarette smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption, drugs like beta-blockers, corticosteroids, and diseases like diabetes. Hence the results must be interpreted carefully. Do consult your doctor with your test results.
When to take this test?
Low (undesirable, high risk): < 40 mg/dL
High (desirable, low risk): = 60 mg/dL mg/dl
Frequency to repeat test
Every 6 months
Precautions to be taken before for the test
Do not eat or drink anything except water at least 10 to 12 hours before the test.
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