Fat and cholesterol are transported in particles called lipoproteins. Two of the most important lipoproteins are HDL och LDL.
This test is a measurement of the ratio between HDL and LDL and is always included alongside HDL and LDL.
HDL and LDL are lipoproteins made in the liver and they transport fat and cholesterol around the body. LDL is a calculated value and the UK’s health advisory body (NICE) now advises calculating non-HDL cholesterol instead of the HDL/LDL ratio. However, the HDL/LDL ratio is still more widely used and well-known, so everyone who does a cholesterol test will learn their HDL/LDL ratio.
This test requires a blood draw, which can be done at your local clinic. It will be analysed by an accredited lab, such as Karolinska, Aleris or Unilabs. The first results are usually available within 48h.
No advance preparation is needed for this test.
On the Day Remember to take I.D. with you when going to take a test. Arrive in good time and sit down quietly for 15 minutes before the test is taken.
What happens next?
The lab sends the results to your personal dashboard, with comments from both a doctor and a nutritionist. If results are abnormal, we recommend seeing a doctor and, if appropriate, booking an appointment with a Nordic Wellth nutrition lifestyle specialist.
You may need to make lifestyle and dietary changes.
Why test the HDL/LDL ratio?
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.
You have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease.
Smoking, high blood pressure and an unhealthy diet all increase the risk of heart disease.
The HDL/LDL level should be checked regularly if a previous test has indicated an increased risk of heart disease.