Get your facts straight on what the numbers from your cholesterol test really mean.
So your doctor says your cholesterol levels are too high. You know that can't be good, but what does it really mean? It's time to get more information. Here are some fast facts you should know for the sake of your health.
- High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke. Too much cholesterol results in a build up in your arteries and the potential for dangerous blockages. These could cause a serious cardiac event or stroke.
- There are three different types of cholesterol. While two are considered "bad cholesterol," you actually want more of the third, HDL cholesterol, not less.
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels have no symptoms. By the time you experience consequences, it's too late. It doesn't matter how healthy you feel. You need regular screenings to stay aware of your cholesterol levels.
- You aren't too young or healthy for high cholesterol. Even children have been diagnosed with it. One in six Americans will have high cholesterol at one point, and everyone is at risk.
- There are some prevention strategies. Eat a healthy diet, stick to a consistent exercise routine, maintain a healthy weight, and quit smoking.
- There are many treatment options. If you do have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about your best plan of attack. In mild cases, lifestyle changes and frequent check-ups may be enough. If your levels are dangerously high, you may need to take medication until the situation is back under control.
Do you know your cholesterol levels? If not, it's time for you to get screened! You can receive a free physician referral when you call 1-855-80PLAZA.