Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that’s found throughout your body. You need a certain amount of cholesterol to help build healthy cells. But, having too much cholesterol can increase your risk of developing heart disease.
High cholesterol doesn’t have symptoms. The only way to find out if you have elevated cholesterol levels is with a blood test, which is part of a regular checkup with your internist or family medicine doctor. You increase your risk of developing high cholesterol if you have risk factors such as:
- Diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol
- Large waist circumference (at least 40 inches in men, or at least 35 inches in women)
- Sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise)
Your doctor uses a blood test to check the level of cholesterol in your blood.
Your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes to help reduce your cholesterol level, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and eating healthier.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your cholesterol level, your doctor may prescribe cholesterol-reducing medicine.
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