Unit: 1 Each
Contents: 1 Collection Kit (Instructions, Blood Collection Cartridge, Lab Form, Lab Processing, Results Reporting)
Determinations: Lipid Profile + Glucose
Storage Requirements: 59° – 86° F
The Lipid Profile + Glucose test measures the amount of total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, calculated LDL, and glucose in blood. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like steroid produced by the liver and found in animal-based products. A certain amount of cholesterol is necessary for our bodies to function, particularly in maintaining cell membrane stability. However, too much cholesterol in our blood can also be detrimental. It can cause deposits and build up in blood vessel walls, clogged arteries (known as atherosclerosis), and eventually blood clots leading to a heart attack or stroke. Knowing your cholesterol levels can help determine your risk of heart disease.
Unalterable Risk Factors for Coronary Disease:
- Gender – Males
- Menopausal decrease in Estrogen
- Family History
Alterable Risk Factors for Coronary Disease:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol Levels
- Tobacco Smoking
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Air Pollution
- Lack of Exercise
Although coronary disease is the leading cause of death in the US, only 20% of those cases can be attributed to genetic risk factors. By focusing on diet, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and regularly testing cholesterol levels, patients can be proactive in reducing their chances for heart disease.
Blood glucose is a simple sugar that comes from the breakdown of carbohydrates. It is the primary source of energy used by the body. As we digest carbohydrates, glucose enters the blood, raising blood sugar levels and stimulating the pancreas to release insulin which help the cells absorb glucose for energy or storage. If blood glucose levels rise too rapidly or too often, the cells become ineffective in their response to insulin leading to metabolic syndrome and eventually diabetes. It is important to test blood glucose periodically to assess your body’s ability to process it effectively.
Complete instructions are included, and sample collection is quite easy and virtually painless. A single finger stick using the enclosed lancet is all that is required to obtain the sample needed. Simply deposit the drops of blood on the collection card and wait 30 minutes for it to dry. Then place the card in the enclosed postage paid return envelope along with your completed Laboratory Authorization Form, and drop in the nearest US mailbox.
After your sample has been analyzed at the Laboratory, you will receive a report by mail that clearly indicates if the results are normal or if a follow up with a health care provider is needed. Early detection of abnormal TSH levels greatly increases your chances for successful treatment.
Expect to receive your quantitative test results within one week from the time your test has been received by the Laboratory.
Lipid Profile + Glucose Collection Kit (Mail-In) Includes:
Blood Collection Cartridge