This fasting blood test measures lipid (or blood fats) levels. Contrary to cholesterol’s negative reputation, our bodies cannot function without it. Cholesterol is needed to produce Vitamin D, steroid hormones and bile acids. Cholesterol is needed to produce brain cells. Low levels of cholesterol are linked to depression, aggression and global amnesia because nerve conduction and transmission is affected.

Cholesterol is needed to support memory function. Cholesterol supports the immune system by working to neutralize toxins that are produced when bacteria invade the blood stream from the gut. Cholesterol helps fight infections. Problems with cholesterol begin when the body is unable to process cholesterol properly and the body’s antioxidants are unable to guard the body against the oxidation of cholesterol. When oxidized cholesterol is left unchecked by the body’s immune system, disease processes such as atherosclerosis can wreak havoc on our vessel walls.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.