If you're wondering whether your low-fat diet or lipid-lowering medications are helping to reduce your cholesterol, you can track it between doctor visits. The Lifestream Cholesterol Monitor enables fast, accurate monitoring of your total cholesterol level.
Place a tiny drop of blood on the enclosed test strip, insert it into the monitor, and you get your results in 3 minutes. The monitor's levels of accuracy and precision meet the standards of the National Cholesterol Education Program and have been cleared by the FDA.
The system includes a Data Concern Smart Card to store your results along with other critical medical information. The card is completely secure, requiring your code for access by you or your healthcare provider. The system costs $130, plus $20 for six test packets, which contain a lancet for sticking your finger, a test strip and other supplies. The manufacturer's web site at www.knowitforlife.com features a link to a store near you that carries the monitor.
Source: Lifestream Technologies, Inc. Personal cholesterol monitor.