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    Since I don't work anymore and pay out of pocket for a kinda cruddy health insurance policy, I am trying to figure out ways to get health care for less money. I noticed a sign at Walgreens the other day in the pharmacy area that they do cholesterol screening. If I remember right, the cost was $35. Has anyone ever done this type of testing at the pharmacy? Would it be as accurate as if it were done at your doctors office?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megareader View Post
    I noticed a sign at Walgreens the other day in the pharmacy area that they do cholesterol screening. If I remember right, the cost was $35. Has anyone ever done this type of testing at the pharmacy? Would it be as accurate as if it were done at your doctors office?
    No, haven't done it and would investigate carefully before I spent my money.

    My guess would be that they just might give you your TOTAL numbers for that amt. If they don't break it down..........HDL, LDL, Trig.........it is almost no use in doing it.

    As for accuracy..........who knows...........not real impressed with Walgrens on any level, so I wouldn't do it. Our WG manages to give out inccorrect drugs or 'screw up' some RX order about every other week.........can't imagine them doing a cholesterol read properly.

    Check with your county health.............ours has some things that they do cheaper and sometimes some clinics will go on a 'sliding scale' for things.

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    Go to your regular pharmacy, and talk to your pharmacist. They can do a fasting test, that should break it down and be pretty accurate. My dh is a pharmacist...they do it all the time, and I have had mine done there for our ins. info. (we get a discount if we have a healthy screening)
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    You do fast for this. And they break down the HDL, LDL, and tryglicerides (sp??) .
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    I'm testing mine at Walgreens in 10 weeks. I just got it done at the doctors office and I'm 222 total choleseterol. I'm keeping my daily cholesterol intake under 170 mg so I hope to see a drop.

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