Is It Time To Have Your Cholesterol Checked?
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. It’s also a good time to learn about lipid profiles and about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol.5 In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight through a low-fat, high fiber diet and exercise.