Your Five Year Check Up
It’s been five years – have you had your cholesterol checked?
That’s how often experts recommend that adults get their cholesterol checked. Because high cholesterol has no symptoms, only about one-third of adults with high LDL – the bad cholesterol – have their condition under control.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is a natural part of your body, but excess cholesterol will build up on the walls of your arteries.
The reason it’s so crucial to know your cholesterol numbers is because those with high cholesterol have about twice the risk of heart disease. You want to keep your LDL cholesterol numbers under 100 mg/dL. For “good” HDL cholesterol, aim for 60 mg/dL or higher. Triglycerides should be less than 150 mg/dL and total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL.
Lowering your cholesterol – done through exercise, a healthy diet, quitting smoking and sometimes medication – will reduce your risk of having a heart attack, needing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty or dying of heart disease.
Checking your cholesterol is done with a simple blood test. Contact your doctor to schedule one today!