Apolipoprotein e

This is an important test to help diagnose the apolipoprotein E content of the blood.

Venous blood
1 tests included
7 days turnaround



About Apolipoprotein e

What is apolipoprotein E?

Apolipoproteins are a group of proteins which bind lipids (fat and cholesterol) and combine with phospholipids and triglycerides to form lipoproteins. Lipoproteins transport fat and cholesterol around the body through lymph, blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Different types of lipoprotein are formed depending on the apolipoproteins they are primarily made from, affecting how they are transported and processed by the body. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or ‘good cholesterol’ for example is primarily made from apolipoprotein A1 (apo A1) and is responsible for removing cholesterol from the blood, taking it to the liver for processing. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’ is primarily made up of apolipoprotein B (apo B) and transports cholesterol to different tissues around the body.

Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) is considered ‘bad cholesterol’ as it transports triglyceride fats to tissues around the body. The primary apolipoprotein in VLDLs is apolipoprotein E (apo E).

While a balance of lipoproteins is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism, excess VLDL is associated with arterial plaque build-up and increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Why take the test?

This test measures the apolipoprotein E content of the blood. It is used as an indicator of ‘bad cholesterol’ as a measure of cardiovascular health.

What's tested

Heart Disease Risk

How it works



Order your kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.



Take your test and post

Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.



Get results directly to your dashboard

You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.