Lipid Profile Test
Lipid Profile Test
Check your cardiovascular health
The World Health Organization estimates that 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2019; 85% of these deaths were due to heart attack and stroke. Early detection of cardiovascular disease risks is crucial for successful treatment (either through lifestyle changes or medical assistance) and lipid profile tests can help with that vital early diagnosis.
Lipid profile blood tests help identify and assess risk for cardiovascular disease and for monitoring and gauging treatment of unhealthy lipid levels. Lipids are types of fat that are important components of living cells – in fact, lipids are the main ingredient in living cells alongside protein and carbohydrates. Two main lipids are triglycerides and cholesterol, which are delivered throughout the body by lipoproteins (or lipoprotein particles) via the blood
A lipid profile test (or lipid profile blood test) measures the triglycerides and total cholesterol in the lipoprotein particles, categorising them by density into high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C).
Elevated triglyceride levels can also increase the chance of blood vessel constriction and heart disease.
The cerascreen® Lipid Profile Test is a send-in sample collection kit that measures the relevant blood lipid values. The test determines your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides as well as the LDL–HDL ratio and whether there is an increased risk for arteriosclerosis (hardening and thickening of artery walls). The lipid profile test process is pain-free and can be done easily from home. Your blood sample will be analysed in vitro in a CLIA-certified partner lab.
- Take your sample at home – conveniently and discreetly
- Receive a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis
- Get an idea of your lipid levels
- Benefit from specific recommendations to reduce unhealthy lipid levels
- Receive the result within a few days after your sample’s arrival at the laboratory
Information about the Lipid Profile Test
Take a blood sample
Using our test kit, extract a few drops of blood from your fingertip painlessly.
Activate your Lipid Profile Test
Activate the test ID listed on the test ID card in your secure My cerascreen® user profile on our website or on our app. You will then need to answer a few questions, so that we can send you personalised recommendations.
Send your blood sample
Send your sample to our laboratory free of charge in the enclosed return envelope. Your sample will be analysed in the medical laboratory.
Your blood sample will be examined to determine the concentration of different blood lipids: HDL and LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides in our CLIA-certified partner lab.
The results report contains your HDL and LDL cholesterol levels as well as your triglyceride levels. You will find out whether your blood lipid levels are within the normal range or whether there is an increased risk of arteriosclerosis.
High quality standards
The samples taken with the cerascreen® send-in tests are analysed in specialised diagnostic laboratories, with which doctors and clinics work as well. All of our laboratory partners meet our high quality standards.
Advantages of the Lipid Profile Test
Knowing your cholesterol levels can help you take thoughtful steps to improve the health of your blood vessels. High LDL cholesterol means an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases – but it is very manageable through lifestyle changes and by optimising your blood lipid levels.
With the cerascreen® Lipid Profile Test you don’t have to visit a doctor’s surgery, and you don’t have to wait. With a small prick of the finger, you can take a few drops of blood at home and send in your sample. Experts in a medical laboratory will then evaluate the sample in vitro.
Benefit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical sampling and submission kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in test development and analysis. We have developed more than 50 approved send-in test kits (medical devices), evaluated 250,000 samples and serve 19 countries.
As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive your results report via the My cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can easily view the report on your smartphone, tablet or computer and print it out, if required.
Find out if your cholesterol and triglyceride levels are within the green range, learn how you can change your LDL cholesterol by changing your lifestyle and read about what blood lipids are and how they are related to arteriosclerosis.
FAQs about lipid levels
Why take the Lipid Profile Test?
Bad cholesterol levels are a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. If there is too much “bad” LDL cholesterol in your blood, it contributes to the fact that the blood vessels become calcified. This in turn increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
The World Health Organization estimates that every second person in high-income countries has high cholesterol levels. Many of those affected are not aware of this; high cholesterol does not usually present with noticeable symptoms.
However, you can influence your cholesterol: lifestyle and, above all, diet affect your blood lipid composition. It is recommended to check your cholesterol levels regularly.
Who should take the test?
Since the symptoms of high cholesterol are not often clearly visible, almost everyone can benefit from knowing their lipid levels.
Our Lipid Profile Test is particularly useful for people who are at an increased risk of developing high LDL cholesterol. The at-risk groups include:
–The elderly and men
–People with high blood pressure
–People with type 2 diabetes
–People with a family history of heart attack and stroke
How does the Lipid Test work?
To do the Lipid Profile Test, use a lancet to take a small sample of blood from your fingertip. Then send your sample to our CLIA-certified partner lab using the return envelope. The lab will test the concentration of various blood lipids (LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides) in your capillary blood.
The test needs to be carried out on an empty stomach, so please don’t eat anything in the 12 hours prior to the test.
What does the results report tell me?
The Lipid Profile Test will help you assess your risk of arteriosclerosis, along with other risk factors.
To do this the following values will be measured and presented in the results report:
–Total cholesterol in micromoles per litre of blood (mmol/l)
–HDL cholesterol in mmol/l
–LDL cholesterol in mmol/l
–LDL–HDL quotient – that is, the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol
Triglycerides in mmol/l
If your level of LDL cholesterol is elevated (therefore increasing the LDL / HDL ratio), this means you have an increased risk of calcification of the blood vessels (arteriosclerosis). This calcification in turn increases your risk for cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
Elevated triglyceride levels can also damage the heart and blood vessels, but can be reduced with a balanced diet.
What recommendations will I receive?
You might need to take action if your LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, is above normal.
You will be given recommendations to help you lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Most of all, this is advice on diet and exercise.
If your test result indicates an increased risk of arteriosclerosis, please consult a doctor. They can help you assess your other risk factors and decide if treatment is necessary.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is packed into certain proteins in the body, either the HDL or the LDL protein. HDL cholesterol is considered the good cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol is considered the bad cholesterol.
Cholesterol is made in the liver, and your body uses it to make hormones such as vitamin D, cortisol and oestrogen, among other things. We can also get cholesterol through food. It is mainly found in animal fats such as butter, eggs, milk, cheese and meat. The more cholesterol we take in through food, the less the liver produces – that is why your cholesterol intake is not the only factor influencing your cholesterol levels.
What are the symptoms of high levels of bad cholesterol?
High LDL cholesterol levels don't manifest directly with symptoms - this makes them difficult to detect without a test.
The bad cholesterol can, however, over time result in fatty buildup being deposited in the blood vessels. This calcification of the blood vessels (arteriosclerosis) increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
What causes high levels of bad cholesterol?
Foods that are high in cholesterol are not the only contributor to bad cholesterol levels.
Instead, typically a combination of various lifestyle factors is to blame. Obesity, lack of exercise, diabetes, alcohol, and cigarettes all play a role. Some people are also genetically predisposed to have high cholesterol levels.
How do I improve my lipid levels?
It’s not just foods that are high in cholesterol that lead to bad cholesterol levels. Your weight and exercise have the greatest influence. Weight loss, regular exercise and a balanced diet are the most important steps you can take to improve your cholesterol levels.
In addition, you can eat fewer foods that increase LDL cholesterol. These include crisps and sweets, highly processed meat, soy and sunflower oil and alcohol.
For whom is the Lipid Profile Test not intended?
The test is not or only partially suitable for certain groups of people:
People with infectious diseases, like hepatitis and HIV, may not use the Lipid Profile Test.
People with haemophilia should not take the test.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only take the Lipid Profile Test under medical supervision. The given reference ranges and recommendations do not apply to people in this group; consult your medical professional for advice concerning your test results.
The Lipid ProfileTest is not intended for children under 18 years of age.
The test is not intended for diagnosing illnesses or disease. For example, if you suffer from depression or are in physical pain, consult a doctor.