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Alias: Chol, Trig, HDL and LDL

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: This test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. A cholesterol test can help determine your risk of the buildup of fatty deposits (plaques) in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis). Cholesterol serves as a precursor for the biosynthesis of steroid hormones, bile acid and vitamin D, Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body. They store excess energy from your diet, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) - bad cholesterol, High-density lipoprotein (HDL) - good cholesterol.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Light Green Top Microtainer BD;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
No longer requires fasting
Maximum add on time
5 days
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Cholesterol <5.2 mmol/L Trigs <1.7 mmol/L HDL 0.8-2.1 mmol/L
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 30-04-2024