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Would like to check cholesterol/trigs using a home kit before seeing doc in 6 mos.; on simvastatin 20mg (age 48). Any recommendations?
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: No harm in it...
The test may not be as accurate as a blood test done at the lab.
Also, it only gives you a signle number..Total cholesterol. There are few other components of the cholesterol testing in medical practice..These are quite important in determining the effectiveness of the medication..Some med increase good cholesterol, others lower it..Thus, you need to full profile..In the lab.

In brief: No harm in it...
The test may not be as accurate as a blood test done at the lab.
Also, it only gives you a signle number..Total cholesterol. There are few other components of the cholesterol testing in medical practice..These are quite important in determining the effectiveness of the medication..Some med increase good cholesterol, others lower it..Thus, you need to full profile..In the lab.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: More than a number
Home cholesterol testing kits are fda-approved and fairly inexpensive.
Most only give you total cholesterol (without hdl, ldl, triglylcerides, etc), which is not always very useful. A few high-end kits break it down more. However, all it gives you is a number. These results need to be interpreted by a trained clinician, taking into account your risk factors and medical history. See your doc.

In brief: More than a number
Home cholesterol testing kits are fda-approved and fairly inexpensive.
Most only give you total cholesterol (without hdl, ldl, triglylcerides, etc), which is not always very useful. A few high-end kits break it down more. However, all it gives you is a number. These results need to be interpreted by a trained clinician, taking into account your risk factors and medical history. See your doc.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No harm in it
The test may not be as accurate as one in the labs.
The home test only gives you a total cholesterol. Lab testing provides other components that are important to determine the effectiveness--some meds increase good cholesterol (HDL) and others may lower it. Also often included with you testing are your liver enzymes etc...To assess the safety of your medication you take...

In brief: No harm in it
The test may not be as accurate as one in the labs.
The home test only gives you a total cholesterol. Lab testing provides other components that are important to determine the effectiveness--some meds increase good cholesterol (HDL) and others may lower it. Also often included with you testing are your liver enzymes etc...To assess the safety of your medication you take...
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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