What exactly is Cholesterol

December 16, 2015

  Cholesterol forms the basis of steroid hormones such as testosterone and progesterone (sex hormones), cortisol (for stress adaptation), and vitamin D (for healthy bones).  It also helps to build and maintain health cell membranes, ant the insulating sheath around nerve fibres which act like “broadband”, speeding nerve signals to and from the brain.  Also, the liver uses cholesterol to make bile salts that help digest food more effectively.

How can I check my cholesterol Levels?

  The only way to establish your exact cholesterol profile is by having a blood test – often called a lipid profile.  Lipid is a collective term for fats in the blood, and a blood test can tell you how much cholesterol is present, and what type. A random blood test can measure total and HDL cholesterol levels.  A fasting blood test (where of fast for at least 12 hours beforehand, drinking nothing but water) can measure LDL cholesterol  and triglyceride levels in addition, giving a more comprehensive picture. Choleste