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Cholesterol Blood Test

Original price £37.00 - Original price £37.00
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£37.00 - £37.00
Current price £37.00

This is an ideal test for monitoring you cardiac state by measuring your 'bad' (i.e. LDL) and your 'good' (i.e. HDL) cholesterol levels - as well as the all-important total cholesterol/HDL ratio: which is essential for accurately assessing your cardio risks.

  • Biomarkers: 6
  • Turnaround: 1-2 days

Simple and accurate blood test from a laboratory you can speak to.

Step 1. Choose sample collection option

Currently selected option: HOME KIT via Royal Mail Tracked 24

  • Available everywhere in mainland UK.
  • Includes everything you need to take a safe and suitable blood sample in about 15 minutes.
  • Post the sample back to our laboratory via Royal Mail Tracked 24.

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Cholesterol (Lipids) Blood Test

Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell in our body. However, too much cholesterol running in our bloodstream can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. This is why monitoring your levels with a cholesterol blood test is vital.

Cholesterol can increase with age, be a result of a poor diet, or high cholesterol levels can run in families. Whatever the reason, a blood test for cholesterol levels means you can make treatment and lifestyle decisions early and take control of your health early on.

A home blood cholesterol test kit from One Day Tests gives you greater flexibility than going to your GP with our rapid turnarounds and highly accurate lab work. You can also track your results on our unique Health Dashboard feature and see how they change over time so you can make better-informed decisions about your lifestyle.

Book your easy home test kit and take charge of your cholesterol levels today. This is ideal for monitoring you cardiac state and ensuring a healthy heart.

About the cholesterol test

Understanding your cardiovascular risk is in fact more complicated than simply measuring your cholesterol levels with a blood test.

Cholesterol can be divided into "good" and "bad" cholesterol. Good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), actually helps lower your cardiovascular risk, while "bad" cholesterol (LDL or non-HDL cholesterol), can cause problems.

A blood test for cholesterol checks for both of these as well as the all-important total cholesterol/HDL ratio: which is essential for accurately assessing your risks. You can use this data along with a number of other parameters such as blood pressure, age, sex and family history, and put it into a QRisk calculator. This estimates your risk of heart attacks and strokes in the next ten years.

6 Biomarkers


    - LDL cholesterol
    - Non-HDL cholesterol
    - HDL cholesterol
    - Total cholesterol
    - Total cholesterol to HDL ratio
    - Triglycerides


    Need more biomarkers? Check out our Essential All Systems Blood Test


    For most biomarkers our usual turnaround time is 24-48 hours, or less, from the time your sample is in our lab. We do not wait for all the results to complete before sending them to you, so you may start receiving results the same day for most cases, or as results become available.

    We are extremely proud of our very short turnaround times and a very efficient laboratory processes. Whilst we accommodate the shortest of time scales, with some results available within hours, for this particular test the usual turnaround time is:

    1-2 days

Doctor's notes

Hi, I am Dr. Adam Staten and here's my view on this test as a GP and Clinical Director at One Day Tests.

Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell in our body but too much cholesterol running in our blood stream can lead to cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes. Sometimes high cholesterol levels run in families, often it is a result of a poor diet, but in either case detecting high levels of cholesterol can let you make treatment and lifestyle decisions that suit you. 

Understanding your cardiovascular risk is in fact more complicated than simply measuring your total cholesterol. Cholesterol can be divided into ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) which actually helps lower your cardiovascular risk, and ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL or non-HDL cholesterol) which causes a problem. This test checks for both as well as the all important total cholesterol/HDL ratio which is important for accurately assessing your risks. We can use this data along with a number of other parameters such as blood pressure, age, sex and family history, and put it into the QRisk calculator which estimates your risk of heart attacks and strokes in the next ten years.

Red flag symptoms for the Cholesterol Blood Test

Even if your blood tests are normal, see your doctor if you have any of the symptoms below.

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath on exertion
  • Unexplained abdominal swelling or fluid around the ankles or eyes
  • Unexplained weight loss

Your Results and Health Dashboard

The results of your Cholesterol Blood Test will be emailed to you as a secured PDF file, ready for your GP and will also be uploaded to our Health Dashboard area of the website. It’s a unique and powerful tool, powered by our in-house clinical analysis research, to match your biomarkers across test panels and symptoms, as well as provide clinical commentary on all individual biomarkers you tested for.

The health dashboard will also provide "panel level" commentary - a birds eye view of the biomarkers that were tested. This feature allows you to view your test results and clinical commentary, and compare them to previous results, giving you a clear understanding of how your health is progressing.

By using the Health Dashboard, you can identify changes in your biomarkers and make necessary adjustments to your lifestyle. This added value is immense, as it empowers you to monitor your health and make informed decisions about your well-being.

It's free and is available with all of our tests.

Save on continuous monitoring with our subscription plan

The best way to look after your health is to do so regularly. This is easy to do with our continual monitoring plans which give you a discount on future blood tests. You choose the frequency and we'll do the rest.

When you purchase a subscription, we will deliver your home test kits or allow you to book appointments in line with your chosen frequency. You will be able to track your biomarkers over time in our powerful Health Dashboard, where results will be automatically updated for you. There is a minimum of 3 tests with any subscription, after which you can pause/restart/cancel at any time.

Special instructions

Hi, I am Stefania Brown, I am the Laboratory Manager at One Day Tests and here are the lab's special requests for the Cholesterol Blood Test.

You do not need to completely fast for this blood test but you should avoid eating fatty foods for at least 8 hours before you take the test.

Venepuncture appointment - how to prepare

If you are coming into one of our clinics for the test, this is what you need to do before you arrive:

  • Drink plenty of water about an hour before the appointment.
  • Avoid coffee/tea/energy drinks. Water is good!
  • That’s it! We’ll do the rest.

Home test kit for Cholesterol Blood Test - how it works

Our blood test kits are simple and convenient.

The most important step in doing a blood test at home is to read the instructions very carefully. The process is very simple, but there are a few pitfalls you need to be aware of - you will save yourself a lot of time if you do it right the first time around!

  • Full printed instructions will arrive with your kit - please read them carefully.
  • Drink plenty before taking the sample and warm your hands up in the sink with warm water for a few minutes. This will make your blood flow much better.
  • Fill the tubes to the top line. We don’t need much blood; filling tubes to the top line is about 15 drops of blood.
  • Post the samples on the same day you take them, before midday, Monday to Thursday. If you post it any other time it might get to us late or be stuck at a sorting office over the weekend. You will then have to do it again.
  • Package the sample in the same box the kit came in. Otherwise, Royal Mail or DPD will reject it. The sample tubes go into a pouch, then into a cardboard box, and then into a return envelope. All of this is provided in the kit: please use it.

We look forward to receiving your sample in our lab!

How the finger prick home test kit for Cholesterol Blood Test works - from Dr. Adam Staten

Why choose us?

Hello! My name is Dr. Vinesh Mistry, I am part of the GP team here at One Day Tests and here is why you should trust us to test your blood.

We run our own regulated laboratories and our own accredited clinics. We manufacture our own approved home sample collection kits. Your results are looked after by our fantastic clinical governance team and our super-talented biomedical science team.

When you book your test with us - you book directly with the lab. This means accuracy and responsible duty of care, direct access to the provider and extremely fast turnaround times.

Finally, our customer services rock! You can ask the lab a question any time or you can speak to a real human. It's good to WhatsApp, email on or give us a call on 0845 527 07 67.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi, I am Lana Nela, Lead Nurse, and here is what we are frequently asked about this test.

Why are there several different cholesterol results?

Cholesterol can broadly be divided into ‘good’ cholesterol and ‘bad’ cholesterol. Good cholesterol is also known as HDL cholesterol and this is cholesterol bound to proteins that is being carried back to the liver to be processed. High levels of HDL actually lower your cardiovascular risk because it results in cholesterol being removed from the blood stream.

Bad cholesterol (also known as LDL cholesterol) is cholesterol being carried in the blood to different parts of the body. It is this cholesterol that accumulates on the walls of arteries and underlies cardiovascular disease.

The aim of treatment for cholesterol is to reduce LDL and to increase the proportion of HDL. To properly assess your cardiovascular risk we need to know about all the different lipids or fats in your blood.

If my cholesterol is high, will I need medication?

Not necessarily. Broadly speaking we like total cholesterol to be below 5 but, as outlined above, the situation is slightly more complex. Your doctor will usually use the results from your blood tests, alongside a number of other factors such as you age, sex, medical history, blood pressure, and smoking status, to calculate your ‘QRisk’.

This is an estimation of your chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the next ten years. Current UK guidelines recommend that your take medication to lower your cholesterol if you QRisk score is more than 10%. If your cholesterol is on the high side, but your QRisk is still low, then you should probably consider lifestyle changes in the first instance.

Why take this test?

Hi, I am Dr. Marco Esposito and here is why it's important to take this test.
  • It is important in assessing your cardiovascular risk 
  • It allows you to monitor your improvement in cholesterol levels following lifestyle change or medication 
  • You have a family history of cardiovascular disease at a young age

Is this test right for you?

Hi, I am Sandeep Patel, I am the Laboratory Director at One Day Tests. Here are the symptoms that you may wish to address with this test.

High cholesterol and triglyceride levels are a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease but cause no symptoms, so you may have no idea there is a problem. Knowing your cholesterol level can help you understand your cardiovascular risk and help you to make lifestyle decisions around diet, exercise, smoking, and the management of other condtions such as high blood pressure.


    Cardiovascular risk worry, Chest pains, Heart attack, and High blood pressure

Why blood tests are important.