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Making sense of cholesterol tests

May 14, 2022

The pros and cons of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride testing.

Cholesterol and blood pressure test results with a vial of blood sitting on top of it.

Time to get your cholesterol checked. Okay, but which test should you get? It's not so simple anymore. Here is a rundown of some of the choices and their pros and cons:

Total cholesterol. This is the simplest and least expensive test. The test doesn't require any sophisticated lab work, either. The simple, do-it-yourself home cholesterol tests measure total cholesterol.

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