Understanding My Results

What numbers do you measure?

We report four different numbers:

  1. Low-density lipoprotein or LDL is also known as "Bad Cholesterol." Lowering LDL is the best way to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and the goal of the Zizi program is for you to lower this number. You want your LDL to be as low as possible.

  2. High-density lipoprotein or HDL is also known as “Good Cholesterol." HDL removes cholesterol from the bloodstream. You want your HDL to be as high as possible.

  3. ‍Triglycerides or TG are a specific type of fat in the blood. Like LDL (Bad Cholesterol), you want this number as low as possible.

  4. ‍Total Cholesterol or TC is the total amount of both good and bad cholesterol in your body. It reflects your risk for heart disease. If TC is elevated, your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is elevated.

What are the different colors? 

We have categorized your result in a series of colors, Green for “Ideal”, Light Yellow for “Above Ideal”, Yellow for “Borderline Risk” and Red for “High Risk” or “Very High Risk”.

These categories tell you your risk levels for cardiovascular disease, based on that particular number. No matter what color you fall under, there is room to lower your risk further! 

Leading cardiovascular research shows the lower you can get your LDL the better. For some, the ideal LDL goal can be well below 70 mg/dL, sometimes even lower than 40 mg/dL.

Where do you get the criteria?

We use the Cleveland Clinic and Up to Date for our cut-off criteria. We have simplified the results for you based on the goals of the Zizi Heart Health Reset. The below table lays out the cutoff numbers for each category or risk, for each of the four numbers we report.

Sources: Cholesterol Numbers: What Do They Mean, UpToDate What Numbers to Aim for

How do you calculate the results?

We use a CLIA and CAP Accredited high-complexity laboratory, US Specialty Labs in San Diego, CA to process your blood samples. 

Should I fast before the test?

For most accurate results, do not eat 8-12 hours prior to using your testing kit.

What happens if there is an error?

Very rarely, tests can produce a result that is in error. This can happen for a variety of factors including improper fasting, human error, or medication interactions. If you feel your result is in error, contact help@zizi.co for assistance. We will send you a retest kit at no additional cost to you.

 

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