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Cholesterol Education

Cholesterol Education

The month of September is recognized nationally as cholesterol education month.  Today in the United States, it is estimated that over 100 million adults over the age of 20 have high cholesterol.  High cholesterol can affect children, adolescents, young adults and older adults.  Therefore, it is important to know about your cholesterol and the cholesterol of those you may care for.  Here is some basic information about cholesterol:

What is cholesterol?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines cholesterol as something that is fat-like that is found naturally in our bodies.  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.

 

What are the risk factors for high cholesterol?  Unfortunately, high cholesterol can show very few symptoms.  Therefore, is important to consult with your healthcare provider about your risk.  There are some risk factors for having high cholesterol which can include poor diet, being overweight, smoking, lack of exercise and more.

 

How can I check my cholesterol?  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: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

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