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How can you get tested for high cholesterol?

Dr Louisa Draper

"If you’re between the ages of 40 and 75, you should be having your cholesterol tested every 5 years. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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A cholesterol test is a blood test designed to check how high your cholesterol levels are.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood. It’s created naturally by your liver, but can also be found in certain foods. Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to work properly, but too much can be dangerous.

Having high cholesterol levels in your blood increases your risk of getting a stroke or developing heart disease.

If you or your doctor is worried that your cholesterol levels are too high, you might be offered a cholesterol test.