When people first became concerned about their cholesterol levels several years ago, the only way to find out your cholesterol level was to go to the doctor for a blood test. Soon, finger-prick tests were being administered by nurses and other health care workers at drugstores, health fairs and all sorts of other places.
It was only a matter of time, of course before a home cholesterol test kit was developed. But concerns surfaced that home tests were inaccurate, making them a poor substitute for professional testing. It’s not a good idea to make lifestyle changes based upon a potentially inaccurate home cholesterol test kit, the critics charged.
There were also concerns that since a cholesterol test only provides one piece of information and may not indicate a patient’s overall health, the number is meaningless without professional interpretation. That concern, however, has been largely overcome by the ease of access to health information on the Internet.