Cholesterol Levels: What You Need to Know

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What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in your body. Your liver makes cholesterol, and it is also in some foods, such as meat and dairy products. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much cholesterol, you have a higher risk of coronary artery disease.

How do you measure cholesterol levels?

If you are age 20 or older, you should have your cholesterol measured at least once every five years. This regularity of measurement shortens as you get older, where some people may measure it even six monthly. Therefore, discussing with your doctor when you should check your cholesterol level is important. A particular blood test can measure your cholesterol levels. Before the test, you’ll need to fast (not eat or drink anything but water) for 9 to 12 hours. The test gives information about your:

Triglycerides – another form of fat in your blood that can raise your risk for heart disease, especially in women. Triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol, but they are part of a lipoprotein panel (the test that measures cholesterol levels).

Your cholesterol measurement report would indicate if your cholesterol rates are acceptable or not. It is important to discuss your report with your doctor.

What could affect your cholesterol level?

A variety of things can affect cholesterol levels. These are some things you can do to lower your cholesterol levels:

Things outside of your control can also affect cholesterol levels:

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There are two main ways to lower your cholesterol levels:

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Source – https://medlineplus.gov/cholesterollevelswhatyouneedtoknow.html[/fusion_text][/one_full]