Keep Cholesterol in Check

September 4, 2012 by Molly Huff

With over 102 million American adults having elevated cholesterol, it's always the right time to have your cholesterol levels checked by a physician.  September is National Cholesterol Education Month and has been set aside to teach about the dangers of high cholesterol and steps you can take to lower your cholesterol if needed.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and in a lot of the foods we eat. Your body needs some cholesterol to function normally, but too much can build up in your arteries and put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.  Children and teens can have high cholesterol as well as older adults, so it's important to have these levels checked by your physician.  Cholesterol readings over 200 mg/dL are considered above healthy levels.

Because high cholesterol doesn't really have symptoms, many people aren't aware that their cholesterol levels are too high.  Doctors can do a simple blood test, however, to check your cholesterol, and if needed, can recommend lifestyle changes or even medications to control those levels.

Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, we at Affinity strongly encourage you to have your cholesterol checked at least every 5 years.  Set up an appointment today with one of our physicians to be sure you are taking proactive steps to ensure your good health.

To read more about the National Cholesterol Education Program and to find out about cholesterol's dangers and how to prevent and lower high cholesterol, click here.  Take care of yourself and know what's going on with your body - let Affinity help!