Watch Dr Karthik from Medlife discuss the lipid profile.
What are these lipid?
Lipids are nothing but fats that include cholesterol and triglyceride. Our lifestyle greatly influences the level of lipids in our body. But, there is another critical reason that controls the lipids, and that is our diabetic condition.
To understand if your body contains lipids exceeding the permissible levels, your doctor will ask for a Lipid profile test.
So, What is this test?
Lipid profile test will measure the amount of cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) present in you.
One may wonder, why do we have to measure them?
Cholesterol is the most crucial substance, produced in our body and absorbed by some food. It helps us digest, strengthens our cells, and aids in the production of hormones.
Triglyceride helps us by storing unused calories and provide our body with energy.
High-density lipoproteins transport cholesterol and triglyceride to different parts of our body. These are good or healthy cholesterol.
But, another class of cholesterol, called low-density lipoproteins, is bad for our body. These deposit in our blood vessels, causing high blood pressure leading to cardiovascular diseases.
High-density lipoproteins are capable of clearing the bad cholesterol from our blood vessels.
In a diabetic patient, the lipid levels may fluctuate significantly, especially in those who have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes tends to reduce the amount of good cholesterol you have and increase the bad cholesterol levels leading to cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.
For this reason, doctors recommend diabetic patients to take frequent lipid profile test.
So, what happens in this test?
Your doctor will ask you to fast for nine to 12 hours before the test. You must not consume food and any kind of liquid except water.
As you are required to fast, this test will be done in the morning. Lab specialists will draw blood from your vein to study the lipid levels.
How frequently do you have to take this test?
Lipid profile test will warn you of the looming cardiovascular diseases. For this reason, we recommend you to take up this test every year. In case you miss this test, your lipid level may not lie in the low-risk range and you will never know about it.
The low-risk lipid range includes,
● Bad cholesterol in levels below 100 mg/dl
● Good cholesterol levels above 40 mg/dl (above 50 mg/dl for women)
● Triglycerides below 150 mg/dl
Do you think you need a lipid profile test today?
If so, book it with Medlife now by following the link given below in the description.
Why do you have to book with Medlife?
With a few easy taps on your Medlife app, you can book a lipid profile test. You don’t even need to have a prescription. Once you book the lab test, one of our lab specialists will contact you to learn more about your condition. After confirmation, our expert phlebotomist will visit you at your comfort to collect the sample.
Also, you may even want to check how your diabetes has affected your liver and kidney. Medlife can cover these up for you with various affordable test packages. And to learn more about these test, check out our next videos.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a lipid profile test now to understand your health better and lead a healthy life.