Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Cholestrak is the noninstrumented home cholesterol test that is approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Cholestrak is very inexpensive and advertised as accurate and reliable. Results from the Cholestrak home test will put you into one of three categories: desirable, borderline/high, and high risk.

Measurements for cholesterol are in milligrams per deciliter. A milligram is one-thousandth of a gram, which is equivalent to one-twenty-eighth of an ounce. A deciliter is one-tenth of a liter, and a liter is slightly more than a quart. Clearly, it doesn't take much cholesterol to do a great deal of harm.

What Cholestrak Results Mean

The Cholestrak measurements are descriptive. Desirable is good when it comes to cholesterol results and heart disease. It translates to a total cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL. Borderline/high levels, between 200 mg/dL and 239 mg/dL, are warnings to take very seriously. You should consult your health professional for treatment in lowering these levels to an acceptable range. High risk Cholestrak results are those levels above 240 mg/dL. Consult your physician immediately for treatment.

Total cholesterol levels are not the only factors that affect heart disease. Others include smoking, hypertension, diabetes, obesity. Your doctor is qualified to take all these factors into account and determine the most appropriate treatment, if any is needed, for your cholesterol levels.

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