Cholesterol checks at your local pharmacy

Did you know that many pharmacies in Spain offer free cholesterol checks? Those of us with a SIP card (Spanish health service card) can always access a cholesterol check through our GP at the centro de salud (health centre) to which we have been assigned. However, sometimes waiting for an appointment isn’t convenient or perhaps you want an instant result and in this case, using the service at the local pharmacy can be a very useful tool.
Costa Blanca People reader, Brian, told us this week, “I had been following a healthy diet in an attempt to lower my cholesterol for a few months as indicated by my GP. I wanted to check if I was on the right track, but I wasn’t due another check up – and also, with the Covid situation, I didn’t want to go to the health centre unless absolutely necessary. That’s why I was delighted to discover that I could have this simple check done at my local pharmacy.”
Brian was keen to share the information with other readers who might not be aware that this option is open to them. He explained, “I didn’t need an appointment at my pharmacy, I just walked in. It cost €5 and I had to wait a few minutes for the results which were given to me as a print out for future reference.”
Eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise can help lower the level of cholesterol in your blood.
Adopting healthy habits, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and keeping active, can also help prevent your cholesterol levels becoming high in the first place.
It’s important to keep your cholesterol in check because high cholesterol levels increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, talk to your GP. If your GP has advised you to change your diet to reduce your blood cholesterol, you should cut down on saturated fat and eat more fibre, including plenty of fruit and vegetables.
As well as cholesterol checks, many pharmacies also offer blood sugar testing, blood pressure monitoring and other health advice. Many also speak a variety of languages. Check your local pharmacy to see what services are available to you.