Screening for Cholesterol

Cholesterol checks are used to measure the risk of heart disease or stroke
Cholesterol checks are used to measure the risk of heart disease or stroke

As someone with diabetes, your level of cholesterol should be tested once a year. To test your blood for cholesterol, a sample of blood will need to be taken, usually via syringe from a vein on the inside of your elbow.

As someone with diabetes, they may also use the blood they collect to test for your HbA1c level.

Why do I need to be screened for cholesterol?

Cholesterol levels are linked with a higher risk of heart disease and strokes, which are generally more common in people with diabetes.

Will I need to prepare for the blood test?

You may be asked to not eat up to 12 hours before the test. This is a fasting blood test and prevents recently eaten food from over-influencing the test.

How will I get my cholesterol results?

The sample will be sent off for testing.

After a number of days, your healthcare team should be able to inform you of the results.

What if I have high cholesterol?

Treatment for high cholesterol involves lifestyle changes, with a particular focus on diet and exercise.

You may also be prescribed medication. The most common form of cholesterol lowering medication is a treatment called statins.

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