According to the health body, you should ask your GP surgery for a cholesterol test if you have not had a test before and you’re over 40, overweight, or have high cholesterol or heart problems run in your family.
There are two ways of having a cholesterol test:
- Taking blood from your arm
- Finger-prick test.
What comes next
If you have high cholesterol, you’ll usually be recommended a number of lifestyle changes aimed at bringing down high levels.
Healthy eating can make a huge difference to your cholesterol levels and your heart health, whether your cholesterol has crept up over the years or you have a genetic condition.