With September comes National Cholesterol Education month. This month is the perfect opportunity to go get your blood cholesterol level checked and learn how to properly lower it if it is high. Children, adults, and senior citizens can have high cholesterol so, no matter your age, getting it checked is always smart! This month is also a good time to learn more about your food choices and the effect that they have on your cholesterol. Your food choices affect your cholesterol as well as your activity level, weight, age, and family history.
More than 102 million people over the age of twenty have high cholesterol in the United States alone. Around thirty percent of these people have dangerously high cholesterol which puts them at high risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Cholesterol is actually something that your body needs to function properly. But when your body accumulates too much of the waxy, fat-like substance it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can cause strokes, heart attacks, and heart disease and is one of the main causes of all three.
There are no symptoms of high cholesterol and this means that a lot of the time people will go along their normal routine with no idea. That is why it is always a good idea to get regular cholesterol checks. It is recommended that adults over the age of twenty get their cholesterol checked every five years to ensure good health. A doctor can diagnose you with high cholesterol and help you to find a diet and exercise plan or even prescribe you a medication that will help lower your cholesterol. You can also do things to keep your cholesterol down on your own like maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen and not smoking. It doesn’t take long to get tested and it could save a life.