What will my blood be tested for?
Your sample will have its lipid panel analysed by our trusted partner laboratories to determine your current levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol. Lipids are fats and fat-like substances that are important parts of our cells and sources of energy. A lipid panel test measures the level of these lipids in your blood to assess risk for diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
Triglycerides are the most common form of fat in the body and are digested to provide energy for metabolism. Having high amounts of triglycerides means there are more of these fats in your blood than optimal. Elevated triglycerides increase risk for atherosclerosis, fatty liver disease, pancreatitis, diabetes and kidney disease.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found naturally in the blood. We synthesise our own cholesterol in the liver, but our diets can also contribute to cholesterol levels. Although cholesterol is often thought of as the enemy, it is actually essential to us and we need it to produce hormones and for building the walls of every cell in our bodies.
Why does it matter
Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of these lipids is important for health and minimising risk of disease. Whilst the body produces cholesterol needed to function properly, our diet delivers cholesterol into our body too. Eating too much of the wrong foods, having the wrong lifestyle and/or having a genetic predisposition can result in having a high level of cholesterol in the blood. This extra cholesterol may be deposited as plaques on the walls of our blood vessels.
The build-up of these plaques narrows and can eventually block blood vessels, leading to hardening of the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) and increasing risk of heart disease and stroke. A high level of triglycerides in the blood is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but the good news is, by taking action to change diet and lifestyle, it is possible to reduce your lipid levels to prevent any further plaque build-up.
How will my results be used?
Your blood test results will be delivered to you via the app where you can see your levels of each marker and whether they are in the optimal range or not. We will review your results with your questionnaire, food log and any tracker or blood pressure monitors that have been synced with the OME Health app.
Looking at all these data points, we can identify areas that need improving if some of the results were not in the optimal range. You will be sent personalised weekly goals to help you make the habitual and behaviour changes required for a healthier diet and lifestyle and will also be provided with a personalised meal plan full of tasty recipes which will also help you to lower cholesterol levels, or maintain them in the optimal range! Look out for specific tags in the meal plan to guide you on the recipes which are especially useful for your goals!