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Cholesterol Education

The month of September is recognized nationally as cholesterol education month.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines cholesterol as something that is fat-like that is found naturally in our bodies.  High cholesterol can affect children, adolescents, young adults and older adults.  Cholesterol is a health condition that can be monitored and controlled through proper detection and treatment.  Therefore, it is important to know about your cholesterol and the cholesterol of those you may care for.  Here are some basic facts and information about cholesterol:

  • Today in the United States, it is estimated that over 100 million adults over the age of 20 have high cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol is also found in many foods that we eat. However, if too much cholesterol is present, it can damage our arteries.
  • High cholesterol can lead to other health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
  • High cholesterol can show few symptoms and it is therefore important to consult with your healthcare provider about your risk.
  • Some risk factors for having high cholesterol can include poor diet, being overweight, smoking, lack of exercise and more.
  • It is recommended that if you are over the age of 20 that your cholesterol is checked every 5 years. Certain risk factors may recommend you check your cholesterol more frequently or at a younger age.
  • A simple blood test can be completed by a healthcare provider to check cholesterol levels.
  • High cholesterol can be controlled through proper diet and certain medications.

If you have questions about your cholesterol, it is recommended to ask your healthcare provider.  The information provided here was sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Check out their website here for additional information on cholesterol and the national cholesterol education month: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

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