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Cholesterol Monitors

A home cholesterol monitor is a handy way to keep tabs on your HDL and LDL levels. Costing around $200, these small units read a drop of blood on a test strip. While managing cholesterol is usually not done as frequently as monitoring glucose is done by diabetics, the convenience of a home unit paired with a physician-reviewed plan for lowering your cholesterol boost the chances of you staying on target.

Choosing a Model

Compare the following when choosing a cholesterol monitor:

  • price of the unit and supplies, such as test strips
  • range of tests offered (HDL, LDL, and total; optionally, glucose, tridlycerides and ketones)
  • test time (usually about one to three minutes)
  • readability of screen
  • portability
  • ability to store past results

Professional models costing around $2,000 are great for small practices. These units can test cholesterol and glucose levels.

Taking only five minutes to cycle through a test, it can do the analysis and print out a copy of the results while you conducting other parts of the exam. Many units print out multiple copies of the results, so that your patient can take home a copy.

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