What does the myCARE cholesterol self-test do?
Cholesterol occurs throughout the body, with most cholesterol being produced in the liver and a small portion taken directly from the diet. Cholesterol is mainly used in the construction of cell membranes, in the formation of bile salts and in the protection of the skin. The normal range for total cholesterol in the blood is less than or equal to 200 mg / dl. An elevated cholesterol level is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks. With the Cholesterol Prevention Test, you can reliably estimate if your total cholesterol level is within the normal limits.
For whom is the MyCARE cholesterol self-test suitable?
Everyone can do this test. But for people with high cholesterol, this test is especially important. Diets rich in fat and cholesterol, hypothyroidism, poorly controlled diabetes, chronic liver disease or the use of various medications such as contraceptives (pill) and drainage tablets (diuretics) may contribute to increased total cholesterol levels. The so-called “familial hypercholesterolemia” is hereditary and leads to an elevated cholesterol level.
How does the myCARE cholesterol self-test work?
For the test, you need a drop of blood that you get very quickly and easily with the included lancing device. Add the drop of blood to the sample field and wait for three minutes. You can then determine your cholesterol level based on the color of the test.
For adults, total cholesterol levels of up to 200 mg / dL (5.2 mmol / L) are considered normal. If you have higher levels, contact your doctor as soon as possible to conduct an examination.
Why should I do the myCARE cholesterol self-test?
An elevated cholesterol level is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks. This disease can go unnoticed for decades. However, it can be detected and treated by early examinations. The Cholesterol Prevention Test is a reliable way to estimate if your total cholesterol level is within normal limits.
Cholesterol – a useful fat
Cholesterol is a fat that fulfills numerous functions in the body. For example, it is involved in the production of hormones and vitamins and important for building the cell wall. Cholesterol is produced in the liver or in the cells that need it. We also absorb it through our food.
Cholesterol becomes a problem when we have too much of it in our blood. Then it can clog the vessels and damage the vessel walls, which in the worst case can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Cells need cholesterol
All cells that need cholesterol, for example to produce sex hormones or cortisone, can also produce it themselves. Also, cells produce cholesterol themselves to build up the cell wall.
LDL and HDL: the transport of cholesterol
Cholesterol is transported in different ways in the blood. Generally, a distinction is made between “good” (HDL – high density lipoproteins – high density lipoproteins) and “bad” cholesterol (LDL – low density lipoproteins – low density lipoproteins). However, this distinction is somewhat ambiguous, since the “quality” of cholesterol is basically the same.
“Good” and “bad” cholesterol
The cholesterol is associated with various proteins or other fats, otherwise it can not migrate through the bloodstream. These protein fat particles are called lipoproteins. Depending on the lipoproteins that carry the cholesterol, there are more or less adverse effects on the vessel wall. Cholesterol seems to be particularly harmful in combination with apolipoprotein B.
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