High blood cholesterol is diagnosed by a blood test called a lipoprotein profile. This requires fasting, so you cannot eat or drink anything for 9 to 12 hours before taking the test.
The lipoprotein profile provides information about:
If it is not possible to get a lipoprotein profile done, knowing your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol can give you a general idea about your cholesterol levels.
Reviewed on 12/12