04 Dec 2012
Cholesterol is measured by taking a sample of blood and testing it. There are two options:
Option 1: Finger prick cholesterol test
If you have this relatively cheap piece of equipment you can do this at home yourself. Alternatively, if you go for a Health MOT at a health club or a pharmacy, or at a free screening provided by the Council or a private healthcare company then they will generally use this method. Use this method for a quick check up. If the LDL or HDL readings are not within recognised norms then proceed to option 2 for a more accurate reading.
Option 2: Give blood at the doctors
This is a more accurate cholesterol screening method and generally you will also receive a fasting glucose reading and a triglyceride reading.