What are your favorite at-home test kits which provide a basic lipid profile (Total, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides)?
April 1, 2009 11:53 AM Subscribe
What are your favorite at-home test kits which provide basic lipid profiles (Total, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides)?
posted by adipocere to health & fitness (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Asking for a friend, who received a double whammy: the day after her doctor told her that she has rather high triglycerides, her father dropped dead of a heart attack. She's understandably rather interested in keeping an eye on things. Towards that end, she's looking for a home kit where she can draw her own blood (usually just a drop or two) and get semi-accurate results for something a little more than just a total cholesterol number. HDL, LDL, and triglycerides are needed, too.
At-home kits with test strips (which we will need refills for) are preferred over send-it-in kits, but either are alright. Obviously, these results will be calibrated against occasional visits to the doctor.
Of course, we are doing research on the various methods of controlling these things, and obviously there is a very large genetic component to these numbers (her vegan sister has cholesterol issues, as well), but the ability track the results of her efforts will provide some positive feedback, as well as a reassuring (whether real or not) feel of control over the process.
What's your favorite, and why? Have you had more accurate results with one brand over another?
Yeah, eponysterical once removed.