How To Choose A Home Cholesterol Test Kit

A home cholesterol test kit offers you three major advantages over traditional cholesterol test methods conducted in a clinic, lab, or at your doctor's clinic. It makes testing convenient for you and saves you a lot of time and money. One should keep in mind certain points before choosing a home cholesterol test kit for himself/herself.

When you start searching in the market, you will find that you have quite a few cholesterol test kits to choose from. Here is a convenient way to classify a variety of home cholesterol test kits:

Types of tests available

single-use / single test

Multi-use / single test

Multi-use / multi-test

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One factor to consider when you decide which cholesterol kit you are going to use is the type of test tools which that kit offers. Many just give a total cholesterol reading. Depending on your situation, this may not be enough for your purposes because it does not allow you to distinguish between the three main components that can be a risk factor depending on the individual.

Ideally, you want to know all four numbers that make up the data of your cholesterol i.e. total cholesterol, HDL ( "good") cholesterol, LDL ( "bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides. If you want to keep yourself healthy then your LDL and triglycerides both should not be too high and HDL should not be too low. Home Cholesterol kits are one of the best ways to check your cholesterol levels.