What your cholesterol test is really telling you

What your cholesterol test is really telling you.

In Part 2 of my interview with Bart Kay (listen to Part 1 here), we discuss why many of us are confused about cholesterol, its role in our lives and why there is a need for better information to enable us all to make informed decisions for ourselves.

Cholesterol is essential for life. If we don’t have cholesterol we will die. However, when we receive what’s considered to be a ‘bad’ cholesterol test result it can send us into a spin because of a lack of knowledge about what those test results really mean and what your GP isn’t explaining to you.

This interview is worth an hour of your time, particularly if you have had a high cholesterol result and you have been asked to consider drugs to lower it. You can find out more about Bart and his work at Nutrition Science Watchdog.

Susan Birch - The Health DetectiveSusan Birch is an expert in the field of nutrition and specialises in cholesterol and diabetes. She works alongside clients to uncover the underlying cause of  symptoms so they understand what’s going on and can make confident decisions about their health. She does this by analysing their test results and explaining these in a way they can understand and together decide on what to work on first.

If you’re unsure about a diagnosis and want a trusted supporter by your side, then contact Susan today


  1. A really interesting interview Sue. So much to comprehend.
    We have certainly been hoodwinked by the pharmaceutical companies and GPs.
    Thank for bringing this out into the open.

    • Thanks Gay, yes there is a lot to comprehend when making decisions about health and drugs. The tide is turning around cholesterol, but it is still fairly slow. Many GP’s automatically prescribe a statin based on a total or LDL-cholesterol result, without looking any deeper into their patients’ health. There is so much undiagnosed metabolic syndrome (or a better description is insulin resistance syndrome) throughout the whole western world which has a much stronger association with heart disease and poor health in general than cholesterol ever has.

      Pre-diabetes could be picked up 10-15 years earlier if insulin was tested. Not only would there be savings in health costs, more importantly, there would be improvement in the quality of life for people.

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