September is Cholesterol Education Month

 

Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in your blood and cells. Your body makes about 75% of the cholesterol it needs. You get the other 25% from the food you eat. However, too much cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke. Everyone 20 years of age and older should have their cholesterol measured at least once every 5 years.

If your cholesterol is high, your doctor can work with you to develop healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet and exercising, to keep cholesterol levels low. Some people carry a gene that causes their body to produce too much cholesterol. People with the gene often cannot control their cholesterol with diet and exercise alone. So your doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medicine. 

If your doctor prescribes a cholesterol-lowering medicine, take the medicine exactly as directed. If you begin to have side effects, particularly muscle pain or weakness, let your doctor know. Follow-up blood tests will help your doctor tell if the medicine is working to lower your cholesterol and be sure it is still safe to take. For more information, visit this Internet site: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/wyntk.pdf.

Created on January 1, 2010

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