Cholesterol and lipid tests
A cholesterol (or lipid profile) test looks at the various levels of cholesterol and other fats in your blood.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance made by your body and also found in food. It is needed for good health, but too much can increase your risk of heart disease.
How to lower your cholesterol
High cholesterol levels increase your risk of heart disease and stroke — here's how to lower the level of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Statins are medicines used to lower cholesterol and are recommended for people at risk of cardiovascular disease. Here's how statins work.
Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood and are usually measured along with cholesterol. Find out more about the impact of high triglyceride levels.
Is butter really better?
Butter is back in fashion because it's 'all natural', but since it's high in fat, is it healthier than margarine? And what about cholesterol-lowering spreads?
The body needs some fats and oils as part of a balanced diet. But some fats (unsaturated fats) are healthier than others (saturated and trans fats).
Many men feel uncomfortable discussing health issues affecting them. Here’s advice on how to lower your cholesterol or spotting signs of depression, as well as information about other health problems
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of disorders that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Find out more about its symptoms and treatments.
Manage your health in your 40s
Once you’re in your 40s, you need to be aware of the health conditions that increasingly affect people at this age. Learn how to reduce your risks and to manage your health at this stage of life.