Do you get out of breath often? Have you developed random fatty bumps around your eyes? Does cardiac risk run in the family?
If you answered yes to any of these, you should definitely get your lipid profile checked out. Lipids are fat-like substances that are an important source of energy. A lipid profile is a set of blood tests that serve as an initial screening tool for abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides. These lipids are transported in the blood with particles called lipoproteins. By getting your lipid profile tested you can identify genetic diseases and can measure out the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The process of getting it checked out is by a blood sample and usually, they require you to fast for 9-12 hours before the blood is drawn out. Maintaining an appropriate level of lipid is essential to healthy living. Cholesterol is needed for the proper functioning of the body. However, overconsumption of food with high levels of saturated fats and trans fat can lead to higher levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. This extra amount of bad cholesterol in your body finds its way to the walls of blood vessels, which causes the blood vessels to narrow down and the arteries to harden. The disposition of fat in the arteries is called atherosclerosis which causes the narrowing of the arteries. A higher level of Cholesterol and Triglycerides in the blood can expose you to numerous amounts of health risks, like heart disease and even stroke. A lipid panel typically includes your:
- HDL-C (High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol): This is known as good cholesterol because it helps to remove Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterolfrom your blood. Cholesterol levels are measured in terms of milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dL) of blood. When it comes to HDL, more is better. Normally, more than 40 to 60 mg/dL is preferred. When HDL goes below 40 mg/dL it is considered low. Good cholesterol removes fat deposits from the blood vessel and delivers them to the liver and other organs where it is metabolized into less harmful elements.
- LDL-C (Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol): LDL is referred to as bad cholesterol. Higher levels of LDL raise your risk of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis. Having lower levels of LDL is considered better. Anywhere between 70 to 130 mg/dL is considered the normal level.Whereas, 130 to 159 mg/dL is considered as borderline high.
- Total Cholesterol: This is the total amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream. A lower level of cholesterol is considered better. Less than 200 mg/dL is normal, whereas anywhere from 201 to 240 mg/dL is borderline.
- Triglycerides: Triglycerides are components made up of calories that the body does not require. They are stored in your fat cells. Overweight people,diabetics, people with bad diet and alcohol problems are likely to have high triglyceride levels. Lower levels of triglycerides are considered better. 10 to 150 mg/dL is considered normal, anywhere higher than that is considered as a risk for heart disease. High triglycerides lead to the hardening of the arterial wall (atherosclerosis) and also cause inflammation of the pancreas.
Who should get a lipid profile done in Nepal?
If you’re an adult man above the age of 35, you should get your cholesterol levels checked regularly. If you’re a woman, lipid profile tests should be done as a part of a routine check-up once you hit 40. Higher levels of cholesterol can be seen at any age, so to be on the safe side you may start lipid profile tests as early as 25 and get them done every five years. You can get your lipid profile in Nepal from the comfort of your home with TDO Labs. Cholesterol tests and Triglyceride tests are done at an affordable price along with free report evaluation. If your results turn out to be outside the normal range, you are more susceptible to strokes, heart diseases, etc. Upon receiving an abnormal lipid profile, your doctor may order additional tests including a blood glucose test for diabetes, or even a thyroid test.
Who Is at Risk of lipid abnormalities in Nepal?
These abnormalities seen in the level of lipids in your blood are called Dyslipidemia. According to a research survey done by Kathmandu University on Lipid levels in the Nepalese population, abnormal triglyceride levels are the most common lipid abnormality seen in the citizenry of Nepal. In a lipid profile done on a sample of 2218, 70% of the subjects had higher triglyceride levels (TG), which was found in the age group 49 to 60 years. So, what makes people at risk of having dyslipidemia? Numerous factors play a role in causing the abnormality in the level of lipids in the Nepalese. From having a family history of heart disease, obesity, and thyroid problems to bad lifestyle choices such as drinking, smoking, and inactivity increases your risk of developing an abnormal lipid profile.
The lipid profile tests are vital for finding the dyslipidemia symptoms, in adults and children who are risk-prone to high blood cholesterol value and triglycerides. Lipid profile tests are conducted as a follow-up to evaluate ongoing treatment as well as diet plan programs. The results from a lipid profile are used to prevent and diagnose severe health conditions and to find the effective course of treatment for various health conditions.
Where can you get a Lipid profile test done in Nepal?
At TDO Labs, we offer you the service of easily getting a lipid profile test done from the comfort of your home. We offer you top-notch at-home healthcare services and testing services that include doctor’s consultation, sample collection to free evaluation. Aside from lipid profile tests, we also offer various other health services in Nepal. So if you are looking for reliable and quality lipid profile tests at home, then look no further and book an appointment with us to experience truly efficient healthcare service in Nepal.